Phil Collins and ex-wife reach a ‘partial settlement’ in the fight to remove her from his Miami home
Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a “ partial settlement ” in the bitter battle to remove her and her new husband from the singer’s Miami mansion, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Collins, 69, insists former flame Orianne Cevey-Collins has no right to live in his palatial waterfront estate with her new husband Thomas Bates, 31, and has sued to get her out.
But after the trio first came face to face during mediation talks through Zoom on Friday, they reached a preliminary agreement that would see them leave the $ 40 million house in exchange for a financial settlement.
A well-placed source told DailyMail.com that an official statement will be issued from both camps later in the day, confirming the breakthrough.
A lawsuit scheduled Monday through Tuesday at the Miami Dade Circuit Court has also been canceled, although our source has not ruled out future legal action should the agreement fail.
Phil Collins and his ex-wife have reached a ‘partial settlement’ in the bitter battle to remove her and her new husband from the singer’s Miami mansion, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal
The musician sought a court order this month to kick Cevey and her husband out of his palatial waterfront home in Miami Beach, Florida. Pictured in 2016
But after the trio first came face to face during mediation talks through Zoom on Friday, they reached a preliminary agreement that would see them leave the $ 40 million house in exchange for a financial settlement. Pictured: Cevey and Bates
Despite Collins’s divorce and remarriage, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion is as much her home as his under an “ verbal cohabitation agreement, ” and wanted to leave $ 20 million
Despite Collins’s divorce and remarriage, jewelry designer Orianne, 46, claimed the mansion is her home as much as his under a “ verbal cohabitation agreement, ” and wanted to leave $ 20 million.
Collins, who is currently rehearsing in London for an upcoming Genesis reunion, sought a court order allowing him to send police to physically remove the couple.
However, he softened his position earlier this week and agreed to resort to formal mediation instead.
Collins launched his drastic legal action earlier this month after quitting Orianne for the second time. The couple married in 1999 and had two sons, Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before splitting up seven years later.
Despite agreeing to a record $ 47 million divorce settlement, they surprised the world in 2016 when they announced they were back together and living in the Miami home, which Collins bought through an LLC.
However, the relationship ended, seemingly forever, when he discovered that Orianne had ‘secretly’ married Bates in Las Vegas on August 2.
According to court documents, the Against All Odds crooner left for Switzerland in a hurry, giving the couple until October 12 to pack their bags and move so he could put the plush property up for sale.
When they didn’t leave, Collins sued Orianne for unlawful imprisonment and forced entry, accusing the couple of hiring armed guards, securing security cameras, and changing alarm codes to “ grab the house ” by force.
Orianne (left) will take a smoking break during a court hearing on Wednesday. Orianne’s new beau Bates is depicted out of court, right
Collins bought the house after he and Cevey revived their romance in 2015, following their split in 2008. Orianne has filed a $ 20 million counterclaim claiming the house is just as much hers through a “verbal agreement.”
The newlyweds hit back with their own application, dismissing the charges as “nothing more than retribution” for the remarriage and a “shameful story” Collins had “made up.”
Orianne claims she lost a $ 20 million stake in her previous Miami home by separating a “ quickie ” from her previous husband, Charles Mejjati.
She chose the waterfront mansion and furnished it together, paid her share of the bills for five years, and had a “ verbal cohabitation agreement ” with Collins that gave her and their two sons the right to be there, according to her application.
Orianne also claims to have informed Collins about her marriage to Bates after making multiple attempts to talk about their “ deteriorating relationship, ” which she claims he didn’t want to address.
The mother of three admits to covering up surveillance cameras, but claims it was because Collins installed 20 secret devices around the 12,000-square-foot home to spy on her, including in her bathroom and dressing room.
Collins (left with Cevey in 2003, right in 2017) has vowed not to give his ex-wife another penny as she tried to renegotiate her record-breaking divorce settlement
The mother of three admits to covering up surveillance cameras, but claims it was because Collins installed 20 secret devices around the 12,000-square-foot home to spy on her, including in her bathroom and dressing room. Inside the house, Collins has left memorabilia and unpublished music, as well as millions of dollars worth of jewelry
Inside the house, Collins has left memorabilia and unpublished music, as well as millions of dollars worth of jewelry
‘These cameras were installed without my knowledge or permission. I have covered these cameras with plasters to protect my privacy and the privacy of my children in the Family Home, ”said Orianne in her application.
“I was very concerned and outraged that Mr. Collins had apparently requested that hidden cameras be installed in these rooms.”
Orianne insists that having to leave the house would be especially unfair to her youngest son – a nine-year-old who is only called AA in court documents – with whom she shares custody with Miami’s Mejjati.
Since her counterclaim for a “ fair interest ” in the house would likely exceed the $ 30,000 maximum that can be awarded in the district courts, a judge last week decided to move it to Circuit Court.
The development put Collins’ fill at the back of a long line of pending cases involving court closures and pandemic restrictions expected to delay jury trial by a year or more.
That left the British rock star – estimated to be worth $ 300 million – had to choose between paying off his ex-wife a second time or working with her in a bitter, lengthy lawsuit.