They’re two legends of the music world.
But Phil Collins has revealed a secret 14 year feud with his one-time ‘hero’ Paul McCartney.
The musician has told The Sunday Times that he’s held a grudge against The Beatles star ever since Sir Paul supposedly made a condescending remark backstage at a Buckingham Palace gig.
The former Genesis frontman, 65, admits he stopped being a fan of Sir Paul, 74, when they both took part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations back in 2002.
Phil alleges that when he asked Sir Paul, who was with his then-wife Heather Mills, to sign a copy of Hunter Davies’ book The Beatles he was met with a patronising response.
‘I said, “Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?” and he said, “Oh Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan,”‘ the singer told The Sunday Times. ‘And I thought, “You f—, you f—.” Never forgot it.’
‘McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel… (like), “I know this must be hard for you, because I’m a Beatle. I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me”.’
Meanwhile in another candid chat Phil has admitted that his third wife Orianne Cevey didn’t give him a penny of the £25 million he paid her during their divorce battle when they got back together.
The musician confirmed earlier this year he was back in a relationship with the 43-year-old jewellery designer, almost a decade after forking out the record-breaking sum – Britain’s largest settlement at the time.
He jokes that he now only likes to think he has been divorced twice.
Speaking at a press conference at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday to announce his Not Dead Yet: Live 2017 Tour, Phil said: ‘I’m back with my third wife so I’ve only really been divorced twice you could say, if you were being generous.
‘And she didn’t give me the money back.’
Phil and Orianne – who was left partially paralysed with spinal disorder Brown-Séquard syndrome following an operation in 2014 – have two kids together, Nicholas, 15, and Matthew, 11.
They married in Switzerland in 1999 but split in 2006 and divorced two years later and he started drinking heavily.
Phil – who has a son, Simon, 40, from his first marriage to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980, during which he adopted her daughter Joely, 44, and daughter Lily from his 12-year marriage to Jill Tavelman, which ended in 1996 – has nbeen having therapy recently to deal with his medical issues.