Lily Collins shares empowering letter she received from Michelle Obama

By Hayley Bradbrook

A shocked Lily Collins has expressed her pure delight over receiving a handwritten letter from Michelle Obama. The actress-turned-author sent a copy of her new memoir Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me to the former First Lady, who in turn penned a heartfelt thank you note.

Lily took to Instagram on Monday (Apr. 17) afternoon to declare the special delivery as "the best way to start my week" alongside a photo of the touching note which read: “The gift was such a nice gesture and I look forward to sharing it with my daughters."

She continued: “The outpouring of support I have received from women across the country continues to amaze me, and I am filled with a great sense of hope for our shared future," before signing off with a powerful quote that the mother of two says reminded her of the young actress. "Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them” wrote Barack Obama's wife.

She even gave the envelope a Wonder Woman stamp of approval, which Lily described as "everything."

The 28-year-old bared her soul in her book, making Michelle's “encouragement and support” that much more meaningful. The Guildford native, who is the daughter of legendary singer Phil Collins, has been very open about her struggle with eating disorders during her teenage years.

Speaking to Flare magazine earlier this year, Lily explained that she wrote her memoir in hopes of helping other young women feel less alone in their pain. "I did a lot of self-reflection and work on myself in the past two years and I came to a lot of deeper understandings about the things that I’ve gone through. The more I talked about it to other people, the more they were saying “Oh my god, I’ve been through that as well. I had no idea that you would have experienced that.”

She added: "And it made me feel less alone and I thought, If it makes me feel less alone then chances are if I speak out, more people will feel the same way."

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