EXCLUSIVE: Phil Collins Can't Stop Gushing About His Rekindled Romance With Ex-Wife Orianne Cevey

by Desiree Murphy 10:39 AM PST, March 12, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Phil Collins Can't Stop Gushing About His Rekindled Romance With Ex-Wife Orianne Cevey

Phil Collins is still head-over-heels in love with his ex-wife, Orianne Cevey.

After recently reuniting following an eight-year split, the two joined forces at The Fillmore in Miami, Florida, to raise money for the Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala: Dreaming on the Beach. The concert marked Collins' first solo gig in almost six years.

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ET caught up with the couple at the charity event, which featured a live auction, three-course dinner and a concert, and they couldn't stop gushing over their rekindled romance.

"It's lovely. I'm back with her," Collins confirmed to ET. "We never really wanted to split. I mean, we did, but we stayed in touch, and we were so close because of the kids, and we kept it sensible. We didn't go the way that a lot of couples go, and that obviously is evident because we are back together again."

The couple's sons, 14-year-old Nicholas and 11-year-old Matthew, were also at the fete, and the two are beyond ecstatic over their parents' recoupling. "The boys are over the moon because their dad is back with their mom," the 65-year-old singer-songwriter said.

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Collins is also father to Joely, 43, Simon, 39, and Lily, 26, from previous marriages, and Cevey has one daughter, Andrea, from a previous relationship.

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So what's the key to making it work the second time around?

"Patience. Wisdom. I'm a lot older now," Collins continued. "So is she. And you kind of, you do it."

ET also chatted with Cevey, who echoed her partner's sweet sentiments.

"We've been very happy," she said, adding, "[We've known] each other for 22 years now. We've always been close for the children and we're great friends."

Back in 2015, Cevey, 43, suffered an injury that left her partially paralyzed due to complications following surgery. She told ET that Collins supported her throughout the tumultuous time.

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"During a moment like that, he was a fantastic support," she explained. "I really needed it. People were saying to me that I'll never be able to walk again. It was terrible to live through that but it's a great lesson of life."

The debilitating experience is just one of the reasons Cevey works with the Little Dreams Foundation. She explained that she and Collins have "been helping children with disabilities since 2003, and now it's like I'm one of them."

In fact, she's looking forward to an upcoming trip that will support both the foundation and her self-esteem. "I'm going to go climbing the mountain in Switzerland, climb the Matterhorn, to put up the flag of the Little Dreams. For me, it's a goal," she explained. "It's a challenge to actually go on top of this mountain. I want to pass on a strong message of love and hope for people that had an accident like me. Never give up. You can walk again and be straight on your feet."

At the event, Collins performed a seven-song set, which included his hits "Against All Odds" and "In the Air Tonight."

Collins was previously married to Jill Tavelman from 1984 to 1996 and Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980. Collins and Cevey met in 1994 and tied the knot in 1999, announcing their now-defunct separation in March 2006.

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