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Phil Collins celebrates 73rd birthday with heartfelt tribute and rare photo from daughter Lily Collins

The "You'll Be in My Heart" singer welcomed the Emily in Paris star with ex-wife Jill Tavelman


Musician Phil Collins and Actress Lily Collins attend the after party for Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" Los Angeles premiere at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
January 30, 2024
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Happy birthday Phil Collins! The legendary singer marks another year around the sun today, January 30, as he turns 73 years old.

In honor of his special day, his daughter Lily Collins shared the sweetest throwback as a tribute to her dad, posting a photograph of them skiing together when she was still a child.

"Happy birthday dad!" the 34-year-old sweetly penned. "Whether on a wintery slope adventure or a clear day on Lake Geneva, you were always my ski wing man. 

Lily Collins shares a throwback photo with her father Phil Collins on Instagram© Instagram
Lily shared a throwback photo to celebrate her dad Phil Collins' birthday

"Love you to the top of the highest mountain and to the bottom of the deepest wave. Celebrating and hugging you from here BIG TIME…"

She received a barrage of sweet responses from fans of the singer, ranging from: "Happy birthday to the man, the myth, the legend," and: "The incredible Phil Collins," to: "Happy birthday to your amazing dad!! What a legend," and: "Happy Birthday to one of my favorite musicians! This is so beautiful! Love you Phil."

The singer's career began in the 1960s, thanks to small acting gigs and the genesis (pun intended) of an English band named Genesis.

English drummer, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Phil Collins of rock band Genesis, holding a portable radio and some records during a photo shoot, circa 1995.© Getty Images
Phil first grew to fame as a member of the group Genesis before achieving massive solo success

He began as their lead drummer and eventually became the lead singer for the group that also included members Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, and Peter Gabriel in its heyday.

The group became one of the pioneers of the progressive rock genre and in its three-decade long career, sold between 100-150 million records worldwide, one of the best selling musical acts of all time. Phil left the group in 1996 while also carrying on his own solo endeavors.

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While he began experimenting with solo work in the late '70s, his debut came with 1981's "In the Air Tonight," which was a commercial success. He continued to work with Genesis while releasing solo hits like "Against All Odds," "Sussudio," "Don't Lose My Number," and "Two Hearts," making him one of the '80s and '90s most commercially viable acts.

Phil Collins from Genesis performs at U Arena on March 17, 2022 in Nanterre, France.© Getty Images
His last public performance was in 2022 during Genesis' potentially final reunion tour

He achieved even greater fame in the '90s and early aughts thanks to his collaborations with Disney, particularly contributing to the soundtracks for Tarzan (1999) and Brother Bear (2003).

The star has since reduced his public appearances, last notably performing during a reunion tour with Genesis in 2021-22. During their final show at the O2 Arena in London, he remarked: "It's the last show for Genesis."

MORE: Lily Collins shares unbelievable throwback photo

Phil shares Lily with his second ex-wife Jill Tavelman, to whom he was married from 1984-1996. Lily initially lived with her mom and her relationship with her dad was strained.

Jill Collins, actress Lily Collins and musician Phil Collins attend the premiere of "The Blind Side" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on November 17, 2009 in New York City.© Getty Images
The iconic musician shares Lily with his ex-wife Jill Tavelman

In her 2017 memoir, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, the Emily in Paris star wrote: "Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer.

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"I became extra careful about what I said and how I said it, afraid he'd think I was angry or didn't love him. And the truth is, I was angry. I missed him and wanted him there."

Musician Phil Collins and daughters Lily Collins and Joely Collins attend Phil Collins Receives Walk of Fame Star on June 16, 1999 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
The actress has spoken about her strained relationship with her famous dad in the past, but they are now close

They eventually grew closer as her own fame separate from her father grew, and now she shares close bonds with both her parents.

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