Phil Collins Divorce Settlement a Record Breaker

Phil Collins and Orianne, in 2003

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updated 08/18/2008 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 08/18/2008 AT 7:35 AM ET

The third time was certainly not the charm for Phil Collins, who’s facing yet another pricey divorce.

After six years of marriage and two children, the musician’s former wife, Swiss-born Orianne Cevey, 35, has received a $46.76 million cash payout from Collins, 57, reports Britain’s Daily Mirror.

The record settlement – Britain’s biggest ever in a celebrity divorce – tops by some $2 million what Paul McCartney gave Heather Mills earlier this year.

Collins is no stranger to expensive breakups. Second wife Jill Tavelman received $34 million after he ended their relationship by fax in 1994.

In all, according to a Daily Telegraph tally, Collins’s divorces have cost him $84 million – nearly a third of his estimated $280 fortune.

Collins and Cevey met on tour in 1994 while she was working as a translator. Their children are Nicolas, 8, and Matthew, 4.

Collins also has three other children: Lily, from his marriage with Tavelman, and Simon and Joelyi, from his first marriage – to Canadian-born Andrea Bertorelli. That union ended in 1979.


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