Phil Collins was spotted being pushed in a wheelchair as he continues his recovery from major back surgery.
Walking through New York's vast JFK Airport appeared to be a step too far for the multi-million selling artist, 65, after surgeons 'took his back apart' last autumn. But the Genesis drummer didn't appear downbeat. Instead, he cut a relaxed figure as he sat clutching his cane.
The hitmaker was dressed down for his flight, wearing a black leather bomber jacket over a navy denim shirt with a couple of buttons casually undone.
He teamed them with a pair of light blue jeans and plain black trainers. Phil sported his trademark specs, a brown fedora and rocked some stubble for the trip.
The star recently revealed that he has rekindled his relationship with his third wife Orianne Cevey, 42, with whom he shares two sons Nicholas,14, and Matthew, 11. The pair are living together once again in Miami after previously going through a record-breaking divorce in 2008 which cost the singer £25 million. The reunion also comes after Orianne married investment banker Charles Mejjati, with whom she has a five-year-old son.
According to divorce documents filed on January 19, Orianne has been "separated and living apart" from Moroccan-born Mejjati, 46, less than eight years after they were married in Geneva, Switzerland. Besides ending the marriage, Orianne wants to nullify an out-of-court marital settlement agreement that Swiss-born Orianne and Mejjati both signed last spring.
Despite Collins' well-publicised health problems, he told The Daily Mail's Event magazine that he is enjoying life.
"I’m going through a phase of being very happy at the moment because I am with the kids," he explained.
"It is bittersweet though, because the happier I get with them, the sadder I feel about not having been in my older kids’ lives. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for them to just speak to me once a week. I’m whipping myself about it."
The drummer and singer has a history with back problems, with the 2007 Genesis reunion tour leaving him with a dislocated vertebra in his neck that caused nerve damage in his hands. The injury left him unable to play the drums, although he has since been told he should be able to return to the kit.
"After this surgery, though, the doctor said to me that my vital signs were all there," he told Rolling Stone. He said to me, "If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice."
The star confirmed his return to music just days after undergoing his most recent surgery.
Phil's last new material was released in 2002, the album Testify, with the accompanying tour tellingly titled the First Farewell Tour, but he has explained he's now ready to record a new solo LP and head out on the road again, telling the publication: "No matter what happens, I can go out there, play piano and sing."
© Daily Mail, by Dan Cain
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