Phil Collins isn’t having Another Day in Paradise this week, because he will be paying his third wife, Swiss-born Orianne Cevey, around $47 million in their divorce case, the largest payout ever by a British entertainer.
But at least the 57-year-old singer-songwriter has had a Groovy Kind of Love in the past few years with WCBS-TV anchorwoman Dana Tyler, a divorced woman, 49, who at least is closer to his age.
The two met when Tyler interviewed him in 2005 and they realized there was something In the Air Tonight.
Cevey acknowledged in a later interview that the couple had grown apart in 2005, and were leading Separate Lives. “We really got on well and then we realized our interests were not the same anymore,” said Cevey, 35, who met the singer when she was 22.
But she says, he will always Be in My Heart since she is looking on the “positive side.”
He has agreed that That’s Just the Way It Is, and, frankly, I Don’t Care Anymore.
Collins will keep a home in near Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, near their two young sons, Nicolas, 8, and Matthew, 4, as well as a bachelor pad in New York and a home in England.
But this is shaping up to be a far more amicable divorce than his previous two. Maybe he has learned from experience.
To end his relationship with his second wife, Jill Taverman, after he met Orianne, Collins gave her the heave-ho via fax. Apparently he couldn’t wait One More Night.
(The fax maneuver was worthy of the Artful Dodger.)
However, he still was generous in his divorce settlement, which at the time was more than $34 million for a 14 year relationship. They had a daughter, Lily, together.
Collins also had an earlier marriage to Andrea Bertorelli, which ended in 1980, and produced two children, Simon, 28, and Joelyi, 33.
Maybe marriage is the Land of Confusion for Collins since he has had to pay an estimated third of his $280 million fortune on settlements.
But maybe a guy who sings “Can’t Stop Loving You” is an eternal optimist and has a soft side for matrimony bliss — Against All Odds.