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OTRC: Phil Collins quits music business?

Phil Collins appears in a promotional photo posted on his Facebook page on April 27, 2010. (facebook.com/philcollins)

Has Phil Collins quit music? The famed singer and drummer is reportedly suffering from health ailments that have make it difficult to play the drums and is quoted as saying that he does not "belong" in today's music world.

Collins, 60, has not commented publicly but has suggested in recent years that he is ready to retire. He is known for hit songs such as "In the Air Tonight," "Another Day in Paradise" and "Against All Odds" and has enjoyed a 40-year music career as a solo artist as well as a member of the rock band Genesis.

"I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think, 'I can't be in the same business as this,'" the UK newspaper the Telegraph quoted Collins as saying in a recent interview published in FHM magazine. "I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me. I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.

"I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return," it quoted him as saying. "That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it? It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that."

The newspaper said Collins lives alone in Switzerland and suffers from hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands, brought on by years of playing drums.

"I'm not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I'm more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids," Collins reportedly said. "My doctors tell me it's a work in progress, that it will take about a year for me to recover."

Collins has two sons with his Orianne Cevey, his third wife. They divorced in 2007.

Collins has won seven Grammys and composed the soundtrack of Disney movies "Tarzan" and "Brother Bear." He released his eighth studio album, "Going Back" in September 2010.

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