Personal life

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Collins married Canadian Andrea Bertorelli in 1975. They met as students in a drama class in London, in 1975. They had a son, Simon Collins, and Collins adopted Bertorelli’s daughter Joely Collins, now a Canadian actress. They divorced in 1980, after she started an affair with their painter and decorator. Collins later appeared on the BBC’s Top of the Pops singing his 1981 solo hit In The Air Tonight with a pot of paint and brush positioned on his piano.

Collins and his second wife, Jill Tavelman whom he met in 1980, were married from 1984 [44] to 1996. They had one daughter, Lily Collins. Collins openly admits that some of their divorce-related correspondence was by fax (one, about access to their daughter, was reproduced in The Sun), but denies that this took her by surprise. Collins paid Jill £17M as final settlement.

After a five year romance, Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, in 1999, with guests Eric Clapton and Sir Elton John in attendance. The couple have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew. They bought Sir Jackie Stewart’s former house located in Begnins, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. Announcing their separation on 16 March 2006, they were divorced in 2008. Collins paid Cevey £25M in settlement.[43] Collins has said he will continue to live in Switzerland to be near the children. He is presently residing in Féchy, maintaining a home in New York City, and a holiday home in the coastal Norfolk village of Dersingham.[43] In 2008, Collins was quoted in People Magazine: “Marriage is a difficult proposition. But I haven’t given up on it, either.”

Collins was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 1994 in recognition of his work on behalf of the Prince’s Trust.

Collins is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2005, he donated autographed drumsticks in support of PETA’s campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken. Collins is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and used to support Queens Park Rangers F.C., before changing his mind when Spurs reached the 1991 FA Cup Final. Despite this, he is also rumoured to be a Chelsea fan.


Phil Collins

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Philip David Charles Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951 Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor best known as the lead singer and drummer of English progressive rock group Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist. He has also appeared in several films.
Collins sang the lead vocals on eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989; seven as a solo artist and one with Genesis. His singles, often dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy “In the Air Tonight”, to the dance pop of “Sussudio”, to the political statements of his most successful song, “Another Day In Paradise”. His international popularity transformed Genesis from a progressive rock group to a regular on the pop charts and an early MTV mainstay.
Collins’ professional career began as a drummer, first with obscure rock group Flaming Youth and then more famously with Genesis. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man Peter Gabriel, singing lead on only two songs: “For Absent Friends” from 1971’s Nursery Cryme album and “More Fool Me” from Selling England by the Pound, which was released in 1973. On Gabriel’s departure in 1975, Collins became the group’s lead singer. As the decade closed, Genesis’s first international hit, “Follow You, Follow Me”, demonstrated a drastic change from the band’s early years. His concurrent solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins’ total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2002, were 150 million.