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The weird saga behind all the drama of Phil Collins’ divorce


By Jennifer McShane
28th Jan 2021
The weird saga behind all the drama of Phil Collins’ divorce

Phil Collins’s ex-wife Orianne Cevey is auctioning off his Gold Records for $100 as they, “no longer sparked joy” (yes, really).

Celebrity divorces can be a source of drama from time to time (and yes, we need all the distraction we can get during Covid), but singer Phil Collins has been caught up in a saga that just seems to get wilder by the day.

It’s been reported that Orianne Cevey is auctioning off the singer’s gold discs and awards after a “cathartic” clear out of the former marital home she was asked to leave.

Apparently, she is selling almost 300 items via an auction house after moving out of the Miami mansion this month.

But the selling of the items isn’t even the weirdest part in all this.

It started after Phil Collins first sued his ex-wife Orianne Cevey over “an armed occupation and takeover” of his $40 million Miami mansion, after Vanity Fair reported that Collins’ legal team discovered that Cevey had secretly married 31-year-old businessman Thomas Bates last August, despite the fact that Collins and Cevey had reconciled and gotten back together in 2016.

Collins had reunited with his third wife Cevey in 2016, eight years after paying her a reported $46.76 million divorce settlement.

Apparently, it was then discovered that Cevey and her new husband were living in Collins’ mansion and refused to leave. They eventually left and Collins sold the home to a new owner, but now, the jewellery designer has turned her attention to purging unnecessary possessions from her life, including those that belong to her ex.

Cevey has reportedly partnered with Florida-based auction house Kodner to organise a sale set for early next month with 10% of proceeds from select items being donated to the Never Give Up Foundation, a charity focused on spinal muscular atrophy in children.

A spokesperson for Cevey told Page Six:

“She is moving to a smaller home and getting rid of some of her clothing and jewellery that she no longer wears … After all, she does have 5,000 pairs of shoes alone and only two feet — she can’t wear them all!”

“Orianne found organising the move very cathartic and went very Marie Kondo and got rid of a number of items that no longer sparked joy for her.”

Reports say she’s also selling a number of items out of her own closet, including Chanel bags and clothing, high-end sneakers, diamond jewellery, and several Rolex watches, as well as a carved skull necklace and an “unset 10.35-carat diamond” priced between $600k and $800k.

If the stuff no longer sparks joy, right?

And props to Cevey for donating proceeds to a worthy cause.