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Phil Collins: I regret cheating on my wife

Phil Collins: I regret cheating on my wife

Phil Collins regrets cheating on his second wife Jill Tavelman.

The 65-year-old rocker has admitted to being unfaithful to his ex-partner, with who he has daughter Lily Collins with, which ultimately led to the end of their marriage, although he has claimed he was just "following [his] heart."

Speaking to Australian news programme 'Sunday Night', the former Genesis drummer said: "I was following my heart. But it turned out I was being a bit of a b*****d."

The 'In The Air Tonight' hitmaker has been married three times - to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 - 1980, Jill from 1984 - 1996, and Orianne Cevey from 1999-2008 - and recently rekindled his relationship with third wife Orianne last year.

And the star has revealed despite other people's opinions of his love life, he believes it's "wonderful" the pair are back together.

He added: "I'm back with my third wife now, which people find strange. But to me, it's wonderful.

"We got divorced ... I paid her a lot of money. But that's divorce, you know. We realised it was a mistake and now we're back together and everything's great."

And Orianne - with whom the rocker shares the youngest two of his five children, Joely, 44, Simon, 40, Lily, 27, Nicholas, 15, and Matthew, 11 - is just as excited about their rekindled relationship.

She said earlier this year: "Our separation was the wrong decision. I now call Phil my husband again.

"We are so close that it does not actually make a difference if we are married or not, but we are determined to get married for a second time one day."

The 'Invisible Touch' musician - who has famously paid over $50 million in divorce settlements - also opened up about his failed marriages in his new autobiography 'Not Dead Yet', in which he reveals he's "disappointed" in himself for having been divorced three times.

He wrote: "I am disappointed I've been married three times ... I'm even more disappointed that I've been divorced three times.

"While three divorces might seem to suggest a casual attitude towards the whole idea of marriage, this couldn't be further from the truth.

"I'm a romantic who believes, hopes, that the union of marriage is something to cherish and last.

"Yet certainly that trio of divorces demonstrates a failure to co-exist happily and to understand my partners.

"It suggests a failure to become and stay, a family. It shows failure, full stop."