Phil Collins is trying to evict his ex-wife from their mansion after her secret marriage

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As a card carrying 80s Youth, I always believed there was some unspoken rule that I was supposed to hold some form of reverence for musician Phil Collins because he was such a huge part of the soundtrack of my adolescence. And for decades I upheld that rule, always giving Phil props when his name was spoken. I did feel sorry for him when he started suffering from all his physical issues, which were severe but became urban legend in the gossip threads. But at some point it became abundantly clear that Phil’s personal life was, in fact, very messy.

In 2006 Phil divorced his third wife, Orianne Cevey, after six years of marriage. The couple have two sons. The relationship was notable for a few reasons: 1) it started prior to (and was the reason for) Phil leaving wife number two. Wife two, Jill Tavelman, is Lily Collins’ mom. Phil dumped her via fax. 2) Phil and Orianne’s was the largest divorce settlement in British history and 3) in 2016, before Orianne was divorced from her second husband, Charles Mejjati, Phil and Orianne moved back in together, but never officially remarried. 4) Orianne reportedly did not return any of the settlement to Phil, even after they reconciled. That alone would be enough for Days of Our Lives to request the rights but no, the Phil/Orianne Affair wasn’t done. Phil is currently in the process of trying to evict Orianne from their Florida home that she is refusing to vacate. Why is Phil being such a hard ass to his ex-wife/on-again girlfriend? Because Orianne took a business trip to Las Vegas last August and secretly married yet another guy while she was there!

Phil Collins is reportedly taking steps to evict ex-wife Orianne from his Florida mansion.

The “In the Air Tonight” singer, 69, originally split from Orianne, 46, in 2006 after six years of marriage, and the two reconciled 10 years later, entering a relationship again after she divorced investment banker Charles Mejjati. Collins reportedly paid Orianne, a jewelry designer, $46.68 million in their 2008 divorce.

Now, TMZ reports, Collins and Orianne — who share sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15 — have called it quits again, and she allegedly refuses to vacate their home.

The outlet claims Orianne married another man in August after telling Collins she was taking a business trip to Las Vegas. Citing sources close to the musician, TMZ said Collins gave Orianne until Friday afternoon to pack her bags and leave, but she refused and allegedly threatened him to renegotiate their divorce settlement. The outlet also reported that Collins intends to file an eviction lawsuit this week.

A rep for Collins had no comment. Orianne’s attorney, Frank Maister, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Maister said in a statement to The Sun: “We will deal with Mr. Collins in the courthouse, not the gossip column.”

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“We will deal with Mr. Collins in the courthouse, not the gossip column,” You can deal with Mr. Collins wherever you like, you’re still going to lose. I mean, I don’t know Floridian family law but surely Orianne has no case, even for palimony. I can’t imagine she has any renegotiation power for her massive 2006 divorce settlement, with the possible exception of child support for the minor son (adjusted for inflation). Even then – get out of the poor man’s house! Like, maybe he left the toilet seat up again, but you married somebody else on the sly.

Phil may be messy but it’s hard to believe he deserves this kind of Dynasty-level drama. Who knows though? Right now, a good old-fashioned celebrity divorce scandal could be just what the doctor ordered for our pandemic blues. I know I should take the high road and hope for a speedy resolve. But who are we kidding, I want rich-people dirty laundry spread up and down the Florida coast.

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  1. Mia4s says:

    Whoa, I’m getting the sense she blew the money she got in settlement and then got back together with him?!? And hid a marriage?!? Oh that is COLD!! I mean…he was trash to his previous wife, so karma…but, WOW!

    I was going to say her face is certainly a choice, but upon closer inspection I’d say it was a lot of choices. 😳

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, the difference between the wedding pic (where she looks SO pretty and fresh-faced) and the green dress pic (where she looks like Leona Helmsley) is stark.

      from what I’ve heard about Phil Collins, he’s kind of a pr*ck. not just to his ex-wives. she should vacate and leave him alone, but he’s been a jerk his whole public life. talented, sure. but a really arrogant dude.

  2. Kyla says:

    I think her face probably matches her insides. But no sympathy from me for old Phil. I’ve always thought he was an egomaniac and a shit parent. Pretty sure there has been stuff in the past from his older children about he pretty much disappeared from their lives once he left their mothers.

  3. Léna says:

    Holy crap she was prettier before. Such a shame. The age gap was much more apparent in the wedding picture

    I would never have guessed Phill Collins had such a messy private life

  4. Mac says:

    Her OG face was so much better.

    • Züri says:

      She was a beautiful woman before all of those procedures, which appear to be copious amounts of filler and Botox. This is a stretch, but does she have the same doc as Shania Twain- their faces look similar and both have primary homes in Geneva.

  5. Mindy_Dopple says:

    Her picture of her wedding! Her face was so soft and naturally gorgeous!! Someone here suggested that she blew through the money but I think it’s squirreled away, why use your own when he’s offering up his estate and his funds? Insanely rich people can be very cheap like that (or so I’ve heard). I think she’s just an awful human at this point and is simply refusing to leave because idk, they’re “family” and they have kids. And he’s had his affairs. And she’s just an awful asshole, I mean is she trying to get him to let them ALL stay in the home?!?

  6. Millennial says:

    Wait what are the urban legends about his drumming injuries? I’m here for this gossip.

  7. Erin says:

    Yikes…I was going to say there’s no way she’s 46, but I guess she might be based on the wedding photo? In any case that plastic surgery adds about 30 years to her face. He sounds like a messy ass.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:


    • Barfly says:

      This made me laugh & my boyfriend asked why. When he saw her face he said “well damn, crikey is accurate”😄

  9. smcollins says:

    That top photo of her in the green dress is going to haunt my dreams. Wow! That is some (literally) scary plastic surgery. And, yeah, her scary plastic ass (and face….and boobs…) needs to be kicked to the curb.

  10. Brandy Alexander says:

    Omg, this is even messier than TMZ knows! I happen to know for a fact that she had a boy toy in Vegas for at least the last year (not the guy she secretly married); and she just dumped him a couple of months ago when she caught him cheating on her. She’s looks much better in person, but still had way too much plastic surgery.

  11. Steph says:

    What is wrong with me? This has me cracking up! She secretly married someone else but won’t leave his house?! 😆😆😆

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      I know right! This is the kind of gossip I can really get behind. “Help, my most recent ex wife spent my millions on extreme plastic surgery and refuses to leave my house”

  12. Valiantly Varnished says:

    You know how the old saying goes…”you lose them the same way you got them.” That goes for men too! Lol. But honestly she needs to get the f-ck out of his house.

  13. Tiffany says:

    How can you ask for alimony when you are married to someone else?

    That is not how any of this works.

    None of this.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I’m not a lawyer or anything, but quite literally every divorced person I’ve known would no longer got alimony if they remarried. I wonder if she thinks she has enough dirt on Collins that she thinks she can basically blackmail him into continuing to pay up…?

  14. SpankyB says:

    Karma is coming for Phil. He treated his first wife like crap, cheated on her from day 1. He’s known for being one of the biggest assholes in the music industry.

    • Maida says:

      I remember him being super salty about Paul McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills back when Collins was hawking his memoir a few years ago. Pretty ironic considering what’s going on now!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      His daughter Lily Collins has nothing nice to say about him – he pretty much ignored her most of her life.

      • H says:

        He walked his daughter, Joely Collins down the aisle in 2008, but yeah, Lily’s letter to her dad “forgiving” him makes Phil look like a horrible dad.

  15. Tiff says:

    I would like to see this Lifetime movie please.

  16. Toni says:

    Girl, you have money and a new man. Have some decency and get your own place.

  17. Wiglet Watcher says:

    The last ad after the photos was a woman sending a fax! Yeah, idk. Sounds like they’re both pretty bad.

    He always came off as the cheater that divorced/broke up with his spouse as a formality to immediately marry the next that he was playing house with for a bit.
    Sounds like she did the same only didn’t divorce because there was no marriage.

  18. Whatnow says:

    Where does the new husband live?

    Is he a boy toy?

  19. Summergirl says:

    That woman is 46 years old??!! The havoc plastic surgery wreaks on people’s faces…

  20. Dee Kay says:

    I think of Phil Collins as an a**hole though I can’t think of specific quotes or anything that led me to this opinion. But this story makes me think of him as an idiot. A world-class fool.

  21. lucy2 says:

    I knew his personal life was messy, but this is a MESS. I can’t see how she has any claim on the house. Also, I’ve never seen such a painful looking boob job. Ouch.

    He used to have an amazing historic property in Beverly Hills, and I see now that his ex Jill owns it now, and bought the house next door to preserve it, which is pretty cool.

  22. holly hobby says:

    Holy crap what happened to her? That’s not natural aging. It’s too bad she blew all her settlement money on bad plastic surgery. Also, I don’t think she has a leg to stand on. She married someone else after she divorced Phil. I assume she got a settlement from that guy too. On what grounds will she win?

    Phil divorcing your second wife is such a mistake.

  23. elle says:

    WTF? It looks like they built her face out of what they removed from Khloe Kardashian’s.

  24. Grant says:

    Good Lord… I don’t even have breasts yet the first picture of Orianne in the green dress makes mine ache. They can’t be contained!!!