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Phil Collins confirms retirement from music business

Phil Collins

Story by Jack Foley

PHIL Collins has confirmed that he is to retire from the music business in order to devote more time to his family.

In a statement posted on his website the singer and drummer wrote: “I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”

He also looked to end speculation surrounding his decision by insisting: “I’m not stopping because of dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press.

“I’m not stopping because I don’t feel loved, I know I still have a very large fanbase that loves what I do. Thank you.

“I’m not stopping because I don’t fit in, this was proved with Going Back reaching No 1 in the UK, and doing incredibly well worldwide.

“I’m not stopping so I can dive full time into my interest for the Alamo.”

Referring to suggestions contained within many of the articles as “distorted”, he further went on to say that those articles had also erroneously painted him as “a tormented weirdo”.

“[But] There’s no need for the straitjacket!” joked the 60-year-old.

A former member of rock band Genesis, Collins went on to achieve huge olo success with hit singles including In the Air Tonight and Another Day in Paradise, as well as albums No Jacket Required and …But Seriously.

His career also saw him win seven Grammys and an Academy award for his soundtrack for the Disney animated film Tarzan.

His success continued right up until last year, when his last LP, Going Back, a collection of Motown and soul covers, topped the UK album chart. Read our review

The singer has two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, with his third wife Orianne Cevey, whom he divorced in 2008.