Who is Phil Collins' ex-wife Orianne Cevey?
19th October 2020

ORIANNE Cevey is the ex-wife of Phil Collins – and the pair are now locked in vicious legal proceedings.

They have made headlines in a fierce battle for their Miami home, after Orianne secretly married another man behind Collins' back, according to a court filing in the US.

Who is Orianne Cevey?

Orianne Cevey is a Swiss jewelry designer.

She was born in Nyon, Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Thai mother.

She met Phil Collins, 23 years her senior, working as his translator during his 1994 tour of Switzerland.

The pair have had a turbulent relationship over the years.

How long had Orianne Cevey and Phil Collins been together?

She was just 21 years old she started dating Phil, and the pair got engaged in 1997, before marrying in 1999.

A year later, the loved-up couple founded their "Little Dreams Foundation,", a charity set up to underprivileged children.

In 2006, it was announced that Orianne and Phil had filed for a divorce, citing personal differences as the reason for the split.

Their divorce settlement of 2008 was the largest pay-out in U.K. showbiz history, at a whopping £25m.

Before their divorce, Orianne started dating investment banker Charles Fouad Mejjati, who she then married soon after her divorce with Phil.

In January 2016, Orianne and Phil announced that they were back together and were living together, along with their sons.

Phil said at the time: 'It's great to be back with Orianne. We had a wonderful life when we were together. Then we lost the plot for a little bit and got separated.'

Do Orianne Cevey and Phil Collins have children?

In April 2001, the couple had their first child, Nicholas Grev Austin.

Phil retired from doing world tours in 2002 in order to spend more time with his family.

Three years later, on December 1, 2004, Orianne gave birth to her second child, Matthew Thomas Clemente.

Orianne had a child with Charles Fouad Mejjati, named Andrea Ryan Kylian, in 2011.

Who is Orianne Cevey married to now?

Cevey married 31-year-old businessman Thomas Bates in August 2020 after telling Collins she was just going to Las Vegas on a business trip. 

Phil only found out after she sent him a text telling him she had found love with another man.

Orianne said in the message she had “found someone and would like to try to see if I can be happy again”.

Orianne and Thomas are still holed up together in Phil’s £30million waterfront mansion and refuse to move out despite written demands.

Phil is seeking to have her removed, arguing that she is guilty of ‘forcible entry’ and ‘unlawful detainer’ – or being in his house with no legal right. 

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