Phil Collins is responding to claims from his ex that he practices bad hygiene and is bad in bed — not only is he denying the accusations, but he also said she's trying to extort him for millions via malicious insults. In addition, his team said Phil's hygiene has nothing to do with the case.
Lost in a lot of the bickering is that fact that this feud revolves around a house. In October, the Genesis drummer and singer-turned-successful solo artist sued Orianne Cevey, his ex-wife, claiming she refused to leave his Miami Beach home.
On Nov. 9, Orianne, Phil's third wife, filed court documents in which she made shocking claims about the "In the Air Tonight" singer. According to Orianne, Phil failed to make good on a promise to give her half of their $40 million home. In continuing to ridicule her ex, she said Phil started drinking heavily and abusing pills beginning in 2017 and that he would "fall down from the combination of prescription medicines and excessive alcohol."
According to Page Six, she also described him as a "hermit" who "stopped showering, brushing his teeth and dressing properly (in fact, he did not shower or brush his teeth from 2019 until August 2020 when he vacated)" their property. She further added that he couldn't perform in the bedroom.
In new documents obtained by TMZ, Phil argues "a litany of demonstrably false, immaterial, impertinent, scandalous and scurrilous allegations which have nothing to do with the legal claims in this case." He adds that she "deliberately [made] sensationalized and/or false allegations in an effort to extort money" from him.
Phil says he's in tremendous shape and points to an upcoming Genesis tour as evidence that he's in good mental and physical shape. Her accusations are blatant lies, he says. Still, he argues that the mud-slinging has nothing to do with the former couple's home, which is at the heart of this issue.
"What does this have to do with the case?" Phil's team wrote in the newest court filing. "Is the court going to hear evidence about the parties' sex life or examine Phil Collins' dental records, or get photographs of his wardrobe to decide if he verbally promised Mrs. Bates 50% of his Miami Beach mansion? Of course not."
The duo's relationship has been nothing short of dramatic. After marrying in 1999, Orianne and Phil welcomed two sons. They split in 2006 and divorced in 2008. She then married another man, investment banker Charles Mejjati, but in early 2016 confirmed she'd reconciled with Phil, though she and the music star did not remarry. Orianne then broke up with Phil this summer and secretly wed another man, Thomas Bates, in Las Vegas in August.