Rocker Phil Dad Again At 50
His wife Orianne, 29, gave birth to a boy — who has been named Nicholas — on Saturday.
Last night Phil’s mother-in-law Orawan Cevey told The Sun: “Phil is absolutely thrilled.
“My daughter is so proud and Phil has hardly left her hospital bed. He is so very very happy that everything went smoothly.”
The birth follows the news that fellow rocker Eric Clapton, 56, is to be a father — first revealed in The Sun.
Phil’s fourth child was born on Saturday in Geneva, near his Swiss mansion. He weighed a healthy 7lb 4oz and his full name is Nicholas Grev Austin Collins.
Twice-divorced Phil met Orianne five years ago when she was his translator. They married in 1999.
The Sun was the first paper to reveal Orianne was pregnant in an exclusive article in September.
Two of Phil’s children, Joely, 28, and Simon, 23, came from his first marriage to childhood sweetheart Andrea.
And he has a daughter, Lilly, 11, from his second marriage to American teacher Jill Tavelman.
Phil has said he failed as a father because he was never around enough to see his children.
He said: “I tried my best over the years to be there but I could have done more, should have done more.”
British rocker Phil Collins and his third wife, Swiss-born Orianne, have had their first child, the star's publicist said Tuesday.
Orianne gave birth to Nicholas Grev Austin Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, where the couple now live.
"It is difficult to express just how happy Orianne and I are with the arrival of little Nicholas,'' the 50-year-old legend said in a statement.
He married Orianne, 22 years his junior, just under two years ago.
Collins has three other children, Simon, Joely and Lily, by his first two marriages.
The stocky drummer who became frontman for the hugely successful band Genesis has a personal fortune estimated at $173 million and has sold an estimated 80 million albums worldwide since going solo.
Collins also won an Oscar last year for the song "You'll be in my Heart'' from the animated movie Tarzan. His spokeswoman said Collins was currently working on a studio album and a new animated feature for Disney.
The singer hinted that Nicholas may follow in his footsteps.
"He's got a huge voice and a strong temperament,'' Collins said. "He's wonderful.''
© Showbiz Reporter, by Thomas Whitaker