Phil Collins’ ex-wife Orianne Cevey has spoken out for the first time about their recent split, explaining that she ‘felt trapped’ in their marriage.
The former couple first married in 1999 and stayed together for around six years before splitting in 2006. Phil is widely reported to have paid a $46million (£35m) settlement in their divorce two years later.
However, they reconciled again in 2015 following Orianne’s split from second husband Christopher Mejjati.
Their split became messy with reports that Orianne refused to leave Phil’s Florida mansion, resulting in a court battle to have her evicted.
Opening up about their turbulent relationship, Orianne told The Sun: ‘I felt like I was trapped in a golden cage. When someone’s depressed, it’s hard to help them out. As much as you love them, why would you keep it up? After years, you get fed up.’
She added: ‘Phil didn’t take care of himself. If he wasn’t taking care of himself, you can imagine he wasn’t taking care of me. It is hard. You feel lonely and you feel like you don’t have anybody you can talk to. I was super-sad and super-unhappy.’
Genesis rocker Phil has been open about his mental health struggles in the past and once admitted to considering suicide.
Orianne said she felt alone in the marriage as Phil became a recluse in recent years.
Sharing her view of their relationship, she said: ‘You were always on your f***ing own. You’re a nurse — you are everything. It is a heavy weight. I felt very lonely. So I lived my life.’
Orianne claimed that she had texted Phil to say it was over between them before eloping with Thomas in Las Vegas.
Phil and Orianne share sons Nic, 19, and Matthew, 16, and she stated she will ‘always love’ the rocker as ‘he is the father of my kids’.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Phil Collins’ rep for comment.
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