Phil Collins feels it's “a good time to stop” making music, as he told the UK version of FHM magazine in a new interview, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“I don't think anyone's going to miss me,” he added.
From the Telegraph:
[Collins] has hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands, all brought on by a lifetime spent hunched behind a drum kit.
The songwriter also claims that listeners have grown “sick” of him and that there is no longer a place for him in the current music scene.
“I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: 'I can't be in the same business as this',” Collins says in an interview with FHM magazine.
“I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?” Collins, who lives alone in Switzerland after divorcing his third wife in 2007, has enjoyed huge popularity over 40 years as both a drummer and singer with the rock band Genesis and then as one of the biggest-earning solo artists of all time.
He claims that it was this success and the overplaying of his music which made people “want to strangle” him. “It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that,” he says.
Collins started his career as a child actor and singer in the UK, appearing in the musical Oliver! in 1964. He later went on to join prog-rock band Genesis, then led them into worldwide success, and also developed a massive solo career including hit singles both revered (“In the Air Tonight”) and reviled (“Sussudio”). He won an Oscar in 1999 for “You'll Be in My Heart,” a song for Disney's Tarzan.
His career passed away in 2011, if the FHM interview is to be trusted, due to massive self-doubt and the hatin' opinions of haters who're gonna hate.