Phil Collins has handed over £25million ($53.72 million) to his third wife in the biggest-ever divorce payout by a British showbiz star.The massive settlement beats the £24.3million Paul McCartney recently handed over to Heather Mills and puts the £12.5million which Chris Tarrant settled on ex-wife Ingrid in the shade.
Genesis singer Phil, 57, has given the huge cash sum to Swiss beauty Orianne Cevey, 35, after just six years of marriage and two children.
And it is not the first time Phil has had to give away large chunks of his cash.
In 1994 he gave his second wife Jill Tavelman £17million after famously dumping her by fax.
It means he has now paid out more than £42million almost a third of his £140million fortune.
A music industry source said: "Marriage has certainly not come cheap for Phil. He has now made two of the biggest divorce payments in showbiz history.
"At least no one can accuse him of leaving his ex-wives short. When you compare what he's paid out relative to his own fortune the figures are enormous."
Orianne even got a much bigger percentage of Phil's fortune than Heather Mills got from Macca. The divorce payout came to light in the latest accounts for Phil's personal management company, Philip Collins Ltd.
He met Orianne on tour when she was just 22 and he was still married to Jill. They set up home in Geneva and were together for five years before their lavish three-day wedding in Lausanne with 300 guests including Elton John and Eric Clapton.
The couple bought racing driver Jackie Stewart's old house in Bugnins, near Geneva for an estimated £20million but announced they were parting in 2006.
Orianne has remained in the mansion while Phil moved into another home nearby so he could remain close to sons Nicolas, eight, and Matthew, four.
He now divides his time between Switzerland, New York and a holiday home in Dersingham, Norfolk.
Orianne has recently set up a luxury jewellery business based in Switzerland called The Right Label.
Phil who was the drummer in Genesis until he stepped up to replace original singer Peter Gabriel has since been linked to American newsreader Dana Tyler, 49, who he met during an interview.
He has two children with his first wife actress Andrea Bertorelli, Joely, 33 and Simon, 28. That relationship ended when she ran off with their decorator.
Collins famously appeared on Top Of The Pops singing his 1981 solo hit In The Air Tonight with a pot of paint and paintbrush perched on his piano as a bitter coded message to his wife.
It is not known how much his divorce settlement was that time but is not thought to match the huge sums he has paid out since.
Phil has recently suffered hearing loss due to an ear infection and earlier this year he announced he was giving up touring for good.
© Mirror.co.uk, by Sean Hamilton