Phil Collins’ ex-wife says she was’ trapped in a golden cage ‘while staying with the pop star

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Phil Collins’s ex-wife has said she felt “ trapped in a golden cage ” while staying with the pop star while he fell into an alcoholic depression.

Orianne Cevey, 47, secretly married her new husband Thomas Bates, 31, in August 2020.

In January of this year, Orianne moved out of Phil’s Miami mansion with her new husband after paying $ 5.5 million before Christmas for the sprawling six-bed Fort Lauderdale property.

The 47-year-old says she decided to elope and marry Thomas Bates after becoming lonely last year.

She told the sun: ‘I felt like I was trapped in a golden cage. When someone is depressed, it is difficult to help them.

‘As much as you love them, why keep on like this? After years you get fed up. Phil didn’t take care of himself.

Orianne Cevey has claimed she felt `` trapped in a golden cage '' when she was staying with ex-husband Phil Collins in their Miami mansion.  Pictured: The couple pictured in 2016

Orianne Cevey has claimed she felt “ trapped in a golden cage ” when she was staying with ex-husband Phil Collins in their Miami mansion. Pictured: The couple pictured in 2016

If he wasn’t taking care of himself, you can imagine he wasn’t taking care of me.

‘It is difficult. You feel lonely and you feel like you can’t talk to anyone. I was super sad and super unhappy. ‘

She told the paper that Collins drank alcohol all day and refused to go out to see friends and that she stayed in a separate room and eventually started seeing other men.

Collins tried to get his ex-wife out last October after learning that she secretly remarried and Bates, an aspiring musician 38 years his junior, moved into the $ 40 million house.

However, Orianne hit back, refused to leave, claiming she was entitled to half the value under a “verbal cohabitation agreement.”

Her $ 20 million counterclaim has yet to be tried, but in the meantime, the two sides agreed a deal that would allow her to stay until the end of January, giving her time to find a new home for herself and Phil’s youngest sons, Matthew and Nicholas.

Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Orianne Cevey and Thomas Bates

Orianne Cevey and Thomas Bates

Orianne Cevey married husband Thomas Bates (right) in August last year after saying she started to feel lonely when ex Collins (left) drank all day and refused to see his friends

That was a rare moment of compromise between the former couple, who divorced in 2006 but reconciled and lived together in Miami from 2016 to 2019.

The legal battle has further been bitterly fought with Orianne and her attorneys angered a Miami judge by including a slew of demeaning personal comments about the drummer’s hygiene and sexual performance in her documents, which she had to remove.

Collin’s lawyers made fun of by Orianne’s claims that she has a crippling spine condition that requires hours of daily therapy, wondering how she could post photos of herself during a boxing fitness class and on a jet ski while insisting she couldn’t sit still long enough for a deposition.

The former Flames married in 1999 and had sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before breaking 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 that 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.

The couple married in 1999 and had sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before breaking up seven years later

The couple married in 1999 and had sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before breaking up seven years later

The couple married in 1999 and had sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before breaking up seven years later

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, protecting security cameras, and changing alarm codes to seize the house “ by force. ”

The newlyweds hit back with their own application, dismissing the charges as “nothing more than retribution” on the new marriage 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.

In further files – now dropped from the record – she portrayed Collins as a washed-up man who relied on booze and painkillers.

The In the Air Tonight crooner was “ mostly drunk by mid-morning, ” her lawyers claimed, to the point that Collins would fall over and injure himself before going to the hospital under a pseudonym.

The filing immediately provoked a rebuttal from the Collins camp, which it described as “ a litany of arguably false, immaterial, insolent, scandalous, and gross allegations unrelated to the legal claims in this case. ”

Judge Spencer Eig agreed, scraping the humiliating allegations from the report, and warning Orianne that her $ 20 million counterclaim would be dismissed if she repeated them.