We were a little confused here as most of our readers probably were. Last weekend the press reported that Phil Collins was calling it a day regarding music. Then on the Phil Collins official website he rebutted the allegations.
Now this morning it is announced that Phil Collins is leaving the music industry to be a full-time dad. Of course we quickly cruised on over to Phil’s official website again and low and behold it is true!
Mr. Collins personally posts on his official website (or at least one of his staff members posts for Phil) and here is what he had to say:
BREAKING NEWS – A Message From Phil…
Greetings to all, I’ve decided to write this in response to the articles that surfaced last weekend regarding my retirement. Why they were printed at all is a mystery, as I haven’t spoken to anybody in the press for a few months.
However, many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted. Therefore, I would like to add my comments and try to explain again my reasons for calling it a day.
1/ I’m not stopping because of dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press.
2/ 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.
3/ 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.
4/ I’m not stopping so I can dive full time into my interest for the Alamo.
I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.
Some of the things mentioned above have been said by me in various interviews, but said as asides with a smile on my face and in passing. They were not meant to be “headlines”, they were small parts of a conversation. This clearly doesn’t come over in print and I should know better.
However, the result is that I have ended up sounding like a tormented weirdo who thinks he was at the Alamo in another life, who feels very sorry for himself, and is retiring hurt because of the bad press over the years.
None of this is true.
Thanks for all your messages on the Forum regarding this stuff, it means a lot that you care.
But there’s no need for the straitjacket !
It’s hard to imagine Phil Collins hanging up the drum sticks and microphone but we can certainly understand that he would like to be a full-time father to his two young sons. However, something tells me that we haven’t seen the end of Mr. Collins in music. This could quite well be a temporary hiatus.
For now we say, “Good luck and good-bye [for now] Phil!”