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Phil Collins: I quit and I'm sorry

Phil Collins is hanging up his drumsticks for good and has issued an extraordinary apology for his success.

The legendary rocker is turning his back on his profession after forty years in the limelight and he's certain his absence won't be lamented.

He said: "I don't think anyone's going to miss me."

The former Genesis drummer, who has sold over 150million records, regrets that he became a superstar.

He added: "I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that."

"It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me."

The 60-year-old, who lives in Switzerland, has suffered a raft of health problems over recent years.

His hearing has been badly affected by playing live, he has dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands which makes it virtually impossible for him to play his beloved drums.

Phil Collins and his kit in 1984

Phil Collins and his kit in 1984

And he says he know feels an outsider in an industry he used to dominate.

He went on: "I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: 'I can't be in the same business as this'.

"I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me.

"I'm much happier to write myself out of the script entirely."

And he's already working on his exit strategy: "I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return," he added in an interview with FHM.

"That would be a great way to end the story wouldn't it?"

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