Young & Restless’ Michelle Stafford on Phylli’s departure for Italy

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Phyllis is going to Italy… but for how long?

like jack The young and the restless Viewers were stunned when Phyllis announced she was leaving town. But the fiery redhead felt perplexed — and after receiving an enticing job offer from daughter Summer — that maybe it was time for her to start somewhere fresh. And where better than in Milan?

For some time Phyllis has been trying to figure out exactly what direction she wants her life to take. “Something has to change for me,” she recently told her friend Amanda, “or I’m going to freak out and create a lot of chaos.” And shortly after that conversation came Summer’s potentially life-changing call, offering her a job at Marchetti.

But Michelle Stafford and her iconic alter ego aren’t exactly on the right track… are they?

That’s exactly the question Stafford addressed on her Instagram feed this weekend. “Apparently there was talk of me leaving the show,” she wrote, only to break our hearts for a moment as she said it was true, but with a happy-making caveat. “Yes,” she shared, “but only for a week.”

The gorgeous accompanying video showed the actress enjoying some time at the beach, and pretty much defined the word ‘romp’ as the wind blew through her hair and she ran along the sand at the ocean’s edge.

More: Stafford is all for Phyllis going dark

“Here I am,” she shared. “I’m bringing you because I love you all!”

The comments below her post were filled with fans, who expressed the same relief when we learned that both she and Phyllis wouldn’t be gone for long. But we have to wonder what path Phyllis will take once she’s back in Genoa City, especially as teasers for the coming week suggest she remains very unsettled even after returning from Italy!

For now, let’s just hope Stafford enjoys her hard-earned break and feel free to speculate on Phyllis’ next move in the comments section below. Who knows, maybe the best way to find out what lies ahead is to first explore the past, which we do in the gallery below, which captures Phyllis’ often complicated life in pictures!

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