Phil Collins is behind the disappearance of Dana Tyler, the beloved WCBS/Ch. 2 anchor who has been off the air since February nursing a broken heart after the "Invisible Touch" singer — her longtime, live-in boyfriend — dumped the local news goddess to reconcile with his ex-wife, Orianne Cevey.
"Dana’s been trying to put her life back together," a source close to Tyler (photo with Collins) told Confidenti@l. "She and Phil were a couple for around 10 years — and then he pulled the rug out from under her."
Tyler, 57, first took time off last winter after the split, and when viewers began wondering where she was, she posted a brief message on Facebook. "Many of you have noticed that I have not been anchoring the 6 p.m. news the past few nights," Tyler wrote on Feb. 9. "I am taking some time off and will return soon. I look forward to seeing you when I get back."
Tyler has not been heard from in public since and for months, her co-anchor Maurice DuBois has been opening the broadcast every evening noting that, "Dana Tyler is off tonight."
Meanwhile, Collins, 65, has been more visible lately than he has been in years. Rolling Stone recently reported that the singer is going to come out of retirement with new music and is planning a world tour.
Cevey, 43, who was Collins’ third wife, told a Swiss newspaper in February that the couple plans to remarry and that "our separation was the wrong decision." The two were married for nine years before splitting in 2006 and divorcing in 2008. They have two sons together, 14-year-old Nicholas and 11-year-old Matthew. Cevey said she and Collins have remained close through the years, despite the musician having to pay her a record-breaking $46.76 million per the terms of their divorce settlement.
Tyler tells Confidenti@l "I have taken the last three months off for personal reasons and I look forward to returning to WCBS-TV within the next month."
Reps for Collins could not be reached.
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