This article was originally published on The Huffington Post on October 27, 2016 by Brittany Wong
It’s the stuff of music legend: After 10 years of marriage, Phil Collins reportedly asked second wife Jill Tavelman for a divorce via fax machine.
Did that really happen? In a new interview with ABC News to promote his memoir Not Dead Yet, Collins finally addressed the rumor about his 1994 split ― or “Faxgate” as he calls it.
“[It] really hurt my career, or my public persona,” the 65-year-old musician said. “And it was based on an untruth… So, I just thought it would be an opportunity just to lay it all out, and if I say it didn’t happen, I’m trusting that people will believe me.”
Collins ― whose daughter with Tavelman, Lily, is now an actress ― went on to marry Orianne Cevey, whom he met on tour in 1994 while she was working as a translator. The couple split in 2008, with Collins shelling out a reported $46.76 million in their divorce settlement, but they’ve since reconciled.
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