PHIL COLLINS found out his rekindled romance with his ex-wife was over when she sent a text – telling him she had found love with another man, we can exclusively reveal.
The devastated drummer had no idea what third wife Orianne Cevey was planning, as the pair lived together in Miami during lockdown.
Phil got the text in July and on August 2 Orianne secretly married part-time guitarist Thomas Bates in Las Vegas, according to a sensational court filing in the US.
Orianne said in the message she had “found someone and would like to try to see if I can be happy again”.
She identified the man solely by the name “Thomas”.
The revelation of the text kiss-off comes decades after the ex-Genesis rocker was reportedly accused of dumping his second wife, American Jill Tavelman, by fax.
Collins was said to have sent a fax to Tavelman — mum of their actress daughter Lily Collins — in 1994 demanding a divorce, later saying he had fallen out of love with her.
But the hitmaker has denied the claim over the years.
Phil and Orianne, who have two children, married in 1999, before divorcing in 2008 — with Orianne getting a £25million settlement.
But the couple reunited in 2015.
Orianne and Thomas are still holed up together in Phil’s £30million waterfront mansion and refuse to move out despite written demands.
Now Phil wants them thrown out in a dramatic escalation of the stand-off.
He has asked a judge to grant an order demanding the “trespassing” newlyweds and their four “heavily armed” security guards must quit.
The document would give cops power to swoop and arrest them if they don’t.
His lawyers filed the request, saying: “An injunction is urgently needed to end an armed occupation and takeover of the Phil Collins home by his ex-girlfriend and her new husband.”
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Shortly after sending the fateful text in July, Orianne left for Las Vegas, telling Phil it was for business.
But he later learned it was to secretly wed Thomas.
A source revealed yesterday: “Phil’s hurt — just like anyone would be. He’s only human.”
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