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Phil Collins reveals he has secretly reunited with ex-wife

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Phil Collins has revealed that he is back with his wife Orianne Collins, six years after their divorce. The couple's reunion went unnoticed in the press, but this week the musician confirmed that they have been living together in Miami for the past six months.In a new interview with Billboard, the 64-year-old was asked about his struggle with alcohol addiction and told the magazine: "I'm all right now. I bought a house (in Miami) about six months ago. I'm actually back with my third wife – I haven't really talked about it. We've been together for a while, and nobody's noticed."

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Phil Collins has revealed he is back with his third wife Orianne, pictured in 2015 with their son Nicholas

Phil married Orianne in 1999, and they had two sons together, Nicholas and Matthew, before announcing their separation in March 2006. The couple's divorce was then finalised in August 2008.After their split, Phil continued to live in their home in Switzerland, while his wife and their children relocated to Miami.The star, who is now three years sober, explained: "I had retired to be with my kids in Switzerland, but then they left to go to Miami with their mum." By his own admission, he fell into darkness, drinking too much and spending "way too much time horizontal"."It started to be bad for my body," Phil confessed. "I almost died. My organs were beginning to shut down."

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The 64-year-old spoke candidly about his battle with alcohol addiction

During the candid interview, the singer was also asked about why he didn't end up appearing on Adele's new album 25."She sent me a piece of music that I began working on, but then she was very difficult to find. She had a kid - all this (personal) stuff was happening to her, unbeknownst to me. I sent her an email asking, 'Am I waiting for you, or are you waiting for me?'" he said."I found out she's a bit of a ghost – (One Republic's) Ryan Tedder told me that. You may not hear from her for a while. So nothing came of it. I was very pleased to hear (it), because she's being asked about this with the release of her new album, that she said, 'It was too early, and I was too scared.' That's better than 'He was terrible.' I was very grateful for her gentle way of looking at it."

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