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AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016

Phil Collins's ex-wife Andrea is taking legal action against the singer over his recent autobiography, which she claims has "seriously damaged" her reputation and caused her "considerable distress".

The musician wed Andrea Bertorelli - his first wife - in 1975 and the marriage lasted five years. They had a son, Simon, and Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter, Joely.

Collins's latest book, Not Dead Yet, was released in October and documents everything from his rise to fame to his time in Genesis, as well as his marriages and divorces.

The 65-year-old singer also recently announced a comeback tour called Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet, Live.

Andrea Collins said in a statement to the media: "I have variously been portrayed as a home-wrecker, a gold-digger and a bad mother.

"The recent publication of Phil's autobiography Not Dead Yet is the final straw.

"The book contains a number of wholly false statements about myself and my marriage to Phil which have not only seriously damaged my reputation, but have also caused me considerable distress.

"I am a private person and have never sought the limelight, even during my marriage to Phil.

"However, these attacks on my character and integrity are such that I feel compelled to take legal action."

She said she had instructed her lawyers to initiate legal action against the singer and the book's publisher for libel, adding: "I wish to make clear I divorced Phil Collins on the grounds of his adultery. The grounds for divorce were not contested."

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