It's A Groovy Kind of Love: Phil Collins beams as he meets his new granddaughter for the first time at the age of 58.
The musician flew to Canada late last month to see the new addition to his family after hearing that his 37-year-old daughter Joely Collins had given birth to daughter Zoë Amelie, her first child with husband Stefan Buitelaar, on October 26.
Recalling the first time he set eyes on baby Zoe, who weighed 5lbs 4oz when she was born, Phil said: 'Life has gone to a new level for me. 'I'm absolutely thrilled and I'm so happy for Joely and Stefan. They are truly happy.'
Seeing his new granddaughter at Joely and Stefan's West Vancouver home also gave Phil a chance to take some time off from recording his new collection of Motown classic tracks and indulge in some Canadian traditions - watching hockey and drinking beer.
Joely laughed: 'It was the most relaxed he had been in a long time.'
Actress Joely, who was adopted by Phil and then-wife Andrea Bertorelli in 1975, also spoke about her love for her daughter, adding: 'Stefan and I feel truly blessed to have Zoë in our lives. She is a very happy, beautiful little girl.'
After Phil and Andrea's marriage broke down five years later, former Genesis star Phil went on to marry Jill Taverman, with whom he had a daughter called Lily.
He later had two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, with his third wife Orianne Cevey.
Phil also has a son called Simon with Joely's mum Andrea.
Earlier this year Phil, who is as famous for his amazing drumming as his singing, revealed he would never be able to play the drums again because he is suffering from a painful spine injury.
He said: 'After playing drums for 50 years, I've had to stop.
'My vertebrae have been crushing my spinal cord because of the position I drum in.
'It comes from years of playing. I can't even hold the sticks properly without it being painful, I even used to tape the sticks to my hands to get through.'
But Phil reassured his fans that he would not give up his musical career entirely, adding: 'Don't worry, I can still sing!'
Phil's new Motown album, set for release next year, is expected to be a 2CD collection featuring up to 30 classic tracks, but the singer insists he won't be giving any of the songs a modern twist.
He said: 'I want the songs to sound exactly like the originals.'
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