Phil Collins Back With Ex After $46M Split He says booze nearly killed him after divorce By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jan 30, 2016 5:48 AM CST 30 comments Comments Phil Collins poses for a portrait in New York. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File) (Newser) – Reconciliation is in the air tonight for Phil Collins, who says he has quietly gotten back together with third wife Orianne Cevey eight years after their record-breaking divorce. The 64-year-old star tells Billboard that he hit the bottle hard after the 2008 split and almost died, but he has been clean for three years and has been back with Orianne "for a while" with nobody noticing. People notes that the $46.68 million divorce set a new record in Britain. Collins, who announced a few months ago that he was coming out of retirement, tells Billboard that after back surgery and foot injuries, he's not sure if he'll ever play drums again, but his kids want him to do shows "so they can brag to their friends." "I stopped going into the studio because I was sad, but now I'm getting a taste of it again," he says.