He was forced to put his 40-year music career on hold after years of bashing the drums caused nerve damage to his hands and affected his hearing.
He said: "I don’t anticipate playing anymore, and I don’t particularly anticipate writing anymore. I’ve kind of put that side of my life on hold mainly because I feel like I’ve earned this opportunity to do nothing".
"And I have young children, so I don’t feel the drive to go out there and compete."
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine he said: "I can’t play like I used to. And I don’t want to go out there and do it half-assedly. I don’t want to be a shadow of what I was, so I’ve kind of just quite willingly stood back."
The seven-times Grammy winner had neck surgery in 2009 for a dislocated vertebrae and later admitted his hearing and nerves in his hands had been damaged.
In March last year his spokesman played down retirement rumours saying Collins was on a break. Dad-of-five Phil later said on his website that he was retiring to focus on his family life. But fans remained hopeful that he would return.
Three-times married Collins, who joined Genesis aged just 19, has sold more than 150 million records — making him one of Britain’s most successful musicians of all time.
© The Sun, by Emily Nash
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Joe Sunday, 20 January 2013 12:23 Comment Link Report
i love phil collins, always have, always will, mostly for his work with genesis and brand x. his versatility is what i respect the most about him. most people who are familiar only with the pop hits of his solo career don't realize how many more sides he has..
davidcrabbe69@ Wednesday, 14 November 2012 23:16 Comment Link Report
well phil sorry i left it late but ive liked genesis & u since trick of the tail days seen u & genesis loads of times in my days best times was in small halls like southampton mayflower then iven seen u arrived albert hall good old albert ive even played in albert hall when i was a brass band good old days anyway cant keep typing i will be here all week my last concert i went to c was david gilmour on an island surperb