If you were like many fans, screaming toward God in bitter rage about Phil Collins‘ retirement, you were really just looking for answers. Well, less than one week after announcing the end of his 40-plus-year career, Collins has posted a message on his official site to clear up some rumors regarding his decision.
In the message to fans, Collins schedules some reputation management to counteract the recent press that has “ended up painting a picture of [him] that is more than a little distorted.” Collins continues by breaking down the media’s four biggest misinterpretations:
1) He isn’t stopping because of bad reviews. We enjoyed his most recent effort, so that’s fairly obvious.
2) He isn’t quitting because of a lack of fans. In fact, just check out this plea defending his iconic nature.
3) He isn’t quitting because he “doesn’t fit in”. Again, see point No. 2. And No. 1 as well.
4) He isn’t stopping to “dive full time into my interest for the Alamo.” It’s actually Civil War reenactments.
Collins says a lot of the incorrect factoids “have been said by me in various interviews, but said as asides with a smile on my face and in passing. They were not meant to be “headlines”, they were small parts of a conversation. This clearly doesn’t come over in print and I should know better.” At the end of the day, the former Genesis frontman and solo superstar revealed he is stopping now to have a more hands-on role in raising his two sons. As for our parting words to Mr. Collins, who has spent his entire career entertaining millions and creating a new chapter in the history of pop music?