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Singer Phil Collins ‘ ex-wife Andrea has launched legal action against his ex, claiming that he had “seriously damaged” her reputation when publishing his recent autobiography.

Andrea said that it had caused her “considerable distress” since its release in October this year.

The In The Air Tonight star married Andrea Bertorelli – his first wife – in 1975 and the marriage lasted five years. They had a son, Simon, and Collins adopted Bertorelli’s daughter, Joely.

Collins’s latest book, Not Dead Yet, documents everything from his rise to fame to his time in Genesis, as well as his marriages and divorces.
The 65-year-old singer also recently announced a comeback tour called Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet, Live.

A statement issued to the media by Andrea Collins said: “For a number of years I have been the subject of comments made to in the media about my relationship with my former husband Phil Collins. I have variously been portrayed as a homewrecker, a gold-digger and a bad mother.

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The recent publication of Phil’s autobiography Not Dead Yet is the final straw.

“The book contains a number of wholly false statements about myself and my marriage to Phil which have not only seriously damaged my reputation, but have also caused me considerable distress.

“I am a private person and have never sought the limelight, even during my marriage to Phil.

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However, these attacks on my character and integrity are such that I feel compelled to take legal action.

“I have therefore instructed my solicitors Brett Wilson LLP to instigate proceedings in libel and under the Data Protection Act 1998 against both Phil and the book’s publisher.

“I wish to make clear I divorced Phil Collins on the grounds of his adultery. The grounds for divorce were not contested.

“Given the pending proceedings, it would not be appropriate for me to say anything further at this stage.”

Collins and the book publishers have been approached for comment.