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Phil Collins, 64, looks frail as he hobbles around Miami with a walking stick

Phil Collins looked far from his normal self in Miami last week Phil Collins looked far from his normal self in Miami last week Pacific Coast New, Barcroft

Phil Collins looked startlingly different during a rare public appearance in Miami earlier this month and was walking with a stick.

The legendary British star, who will turn 65 later this month, made slow progress as he made his way down the street and seemed reliant on the cane he was carrying.

Wearing a blue polo shirt and brown baseball cap the Genesis drummer was almost unrecognisable from his former self, but seemed happy enough to speak with those he passed.

Collins looks worlds away from the energetic performer we're used to seeing on stage. He is planning a tour to support his new album.

Phil moved to Miami last year after purchasing Jennifer Lopez's $33 million beach mansion which boasts seven bedrooms, a boat dock and wine cellar.

But he's hardly been partying it up since moving into the lavish pad.

At the end of last year he was forced to delay a musical comeback due to back surgery.

Giving an interview to Rolling Stone magazine just five days after going under the knife, he claimed the problems began when he woke up and was unable to move his right foot.

"I had an MRI and my back and hips were just shot," he explained.

"The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess."

The star has been suffering serious back pain for many years.

Following the 2007 Genesis reunion tour, too much drumming led to a dislocated vertebra in his neck that ultimately left him unable to play the drums.

However, he insisted this could change after his latest proceedure.

"After this surgery, though, the doctor said to me that my vital signs were all there," he said.

"He said to me, 'If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice.'"

He also insisted his comeback would still be going ahead despite his medical problems.

Revealing that he was no longer "officially retired," he confirmed the release of his first new music since 2002's Testify.

"The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go."

Fans will be able to get their hands on Hello, I Must Be Going and Dance into the Light on January 29 - his 65th birthday.

A rep has been contacted by Mirror Celeb regarding Phil Collins.

© Mirror, by Rebecca Merriman

Last modified onMonday, 25 January 2016 19:28


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