A winner of seven Grammys and an Academy Award–and a proud one-time nominee for a Cable Ace award–Phil Collins has announced he is leaving the music business.
According to an account in the U.K. publication The Press Association, "Health problems such as hearing difficulties, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands, brought on by years of hunching behind a drum kit, have helped make his decision. Father-of-two Phil told FHM: ‘I’m not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I’m more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids. My doctors tell me it’s a work in progress, that it will take about a year for me to recover.’
Collins rose to fame with the band Genesis and had a successful solo career as well.
The Press Association said it confirmed that Collins, who lives in Switzerland with his two sons, is retiring.
The report added: "The songwriter also claims listeners have grown ‘sick’ of him and that there isn’t a place for him in the current music scene. ‘I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: ‘I can’t be in the same business as this’. I don’t really belong to that world and I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me. I’m much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely,’ he continued."