Take that, Macca. A fellow British Rock N' Roll hall-of-famers has officially paid his ex more in a divorce settlement than Paul McCartney. Phil Collins (former drummer/star of Genesis) just reached the end of his divorce from Orianne Cevey and according to People she received almost $47 million. Depending on the exchange rate, this is about $2 million more than the Â£24.3 million that Heather Mills wrested away from the world's greatest living musician.
This was Phil Collins' third divorce (and none of the women were named Sussudio) and you would have thought that he’d learned a lesson either about making it work or having an ironclad prenup after dinged for $34 million in his last marriage. He awesomely ended that marriage to Jill Tavelman via fax, a stylistic precursor to Britney dropping K-Fed via text message or when that guy from Office Space breaking up with that girl in Sex And The City by post-it note.
This may not mean much to ya'll but we've always thought that Phil sort of had a skewed view on love. We suppose that Orianne (and all that loot) coming back to him is against the odds but that's a risk he'll have to take. Enjoy Patrick Bateman's treatise on Phil Collins/ instructions to prostitutes below.
"Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think "Invisible Touch" was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as, uh, anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your ass. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like "In the Air Tonight" and, uh, "Against All Odds." Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is "Sussudio," a great, great song, a personal favorite."