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Injured Collins confirms retirement

Published 07/03/2011 | 14:04

Phil Collins thinks now is a good time for him to stop making music
Phil Collins thinks now is a good time for him to stop making music

Phil Collins has confirmed he will be retiring from the music industry, citing health reasons.

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After seven Grammy wins, an Oscar, 13 hit singles and more than 150 million albums sold as a solo artist, the 60-year-old star said he feels it is "a good time to stop" making music, adding: "I don't think anyone's going to miss me."

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."

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.

"I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?"

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