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Phil Collins Is Quitting Music & Doesn't Think He'll Be Missed

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Mar. 4 2011, Published 10:19 a.m. ET

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Phil Collins has an announcement that he's quitting music but doesn't even think anyone will miss him!

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Phil opens up to FHM Magazine via The Telegraph) that he's quitting music and wants to just continue living his life in Switzerland.

Phil has trouble hearing in his left ear, has a dislocated vertebra in his neck and nerve damage in his hands.

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"I think of it like Air Miles  — it's all part of the job. I'm not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I'm more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids," he explained. "My doctors tell me it's a work in progress, that it'll take about a year for me to recover. They're not strong enough to play the drums. I don't think I'll ever be able to do that again."

So he's ready to be done performing.

"I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think, 'I can't be in the same business as this.' I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me," he explained. "I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely."

"I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday... And never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?"

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So is he officially an "ex-rock star" now?

"It feels like a good time to stop for a while. David Letterman wanted me to go on his show on a Monday night recently but I said, "No. Can't do it. I have the kids on a Monday." And my label said, 'But this is Letterman!' And I was like, 'Guess what? I. Don't. Give. A. F***!' "

Phil's full interview with FHM Magazine is on sale now.

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