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Singer Phil Collins to answer hygiene questions under oath

Published:Wednesday | October 27, 2021 | 2:06 AM

One More Night singer, Phil Collins, will be quizzed under oath over claims he didn’t wash or brush his teeth.

Collins will sit down for a filmed deposition in December to be grilled by his ex-wife Orianne Bates’ lawyers as part of the former couple’s ongoing legal dispute over their mansion in Florida, which the jewellery designer claims she was verbally promised half of by her former spouse – after Judge Carlos Guzman ruled the case can go ahead.

The In the Air Tonight singer had tried to prevent Bates from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home but now the case is moving forward, he must face questions about various allegations she has previously made, including alleging the 70-year-old singer abused alcohol and prescription medication, didn’t brush his teeth for months, stopped showering, and became “depressed, abusive and incapable of having sex”.

A source told DailyMail.com that “Questions about Phil’s mindset, mental state, personal behaviour and acts are all potentially on the table. Certainly if her lawyer could convince a jury that Phil’s mind was impacted by alleged drug and drink use then that helps her case.

“Certainly while matters about his hygiene and intimate interactions with her may seem frivolous, this potentially paints a picture of the unusual nature of their relationship.”

The Genesis singer’s lawyers have insisted the claims are “scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated”.

The former couple married in 1999 before splitting seven years later, only to reunite in 2016 but their rekindled relationship didn’t last. Collins was ordered to pay a record-breaking divorce settlement of $46.76 million.