Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLast week, Phil Collins revealed that, despite rumors to the contrary, he was not planning a full-fledged return to performing. Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, the former Genesis star has come forward with some other revelations, including the fact that he fairly recently underwent treatment for alcohol abuse.

The singer/drummer says his troubles with the bottle began a few years back, after he’d stopped touring and his ex-wife Orianne moved with their two young children and her new husband from Switzerland, where Phil has a residence, to Florida.

“We had a fantastic little set-up. I was living…ten minutes away from the kids. Used to pick ’em up all the time, used to go round for dinner with the ex-wife,” he explains. “But [her husband] didn’t like Switzerland, so they moved to Miami. And, really, retiring — well, not working — and not having the kids, I guess left a big void.”

Phil admits that he developed a destructive routine, where “I used to get up and I’d start drinking and watch the cricket. Red wine, white wine. And before long… I had pancreatitis,” which is a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.

He points out that his problems were exacerbated by medication he was taking for other ailments, including joint pain he developed from decades of pounding the drums.

Collins began to attend meetings and tried rehab, but says he couldn’t stand it, comparing the experience to being in boarding school. Eventually, Phil reports, “I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists. And I don’t drink anymore.”

While Collins says he continues to take medication to treat his pancreatitis, he maintains that he’s “never fallen off the wagon,” adding, “I’ve just been lucky.”

Phil also addresses how he feels about possibly taking part in another Genesis reunion. He points out to The Daily Mail, “I’m 63, soon be 64, and I joined Genesis when I was 19. So surely it’s clear to people that I may not want to do this? Or I may want to do something different?”

In addition to that, Phil adds that his current priority is spending time with his two kids with Orianne — 13-year-old Nick and nine-year-old Matt — noting that he may have not been as attentive as he would have liked when his children from his earlier marriages were growing up.

“I can’t bear to not see my kids for a couple of months if I’m going to go on tour,” says Collins. “And my nine-year-old, I wonder what he thinks about when he puts the light off at night: ‘Another ten days before Dad comes…’ I can’t imagine him saying, ‘Another two months. Dad’s on tour for two months.'”

Lastly, Phil stresses that no ego boost he might receive from performing in front of huge crowds with his old band mates “could possibly beat what I have with my kids.”

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