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Posted in music with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2008 by largehadroncollider

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.

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