Phil Collins ex-wife 'had 2-year close friendship with male stripper'

Phil Collins ex-wife Orianne Cevey ‘had a two-year close friendship with a male stripper’ while living with the Genesis frontman and before flying to Vegas to marry a third man in secret

  • Orianne Cevey had ‘close friendship’ with a male stripper from 2018 to May 2020
  • Phil Collins’s ex-wife met Preston Thompson when he posed for her jewellery line
  • She reportedly bought him a £1.3m house in LA, and routinely flew out to see him
  • Friendship took place while she was living with Phil in Miami with their children
  • Phil is trying to evict her after she secretly married another man, Tom Bates 

Phil Collins’ ex-wife Orianne Cevey allegedly had a two-year ‘close friendship’ with a male stripper while living with the Genesis frontman, and before marrying a third man in Vegas.  

Cevey, 46, is said to have met 29-year-old Preston Thompson – who goes by the name Bradley – in 2018 when he modelled for her ‘OC’ line of jewellery.

She is thought to have bought him a £1.3million house in Los Angeles, and then regularly flown out to see him between 2019 and May this year, when the friendship was suddenly broken off.

All the while she was living in a £25million waterside mansion in Miami with Collins, who is now trying to evict her from that home after she married another man – musician Tom Bates – in a secret Vegas wedding in August.

Orianne Cevey (left, with Phil Collins in 2018) had a two-year ‘close friendship’ with male model and stripper Preston Thompson (right) while living with the Genesis frontman

Collins and Cevey divorced in 2008 but rekindled their romance in 2015 and had been presenting themselves as a married couple, though never actually tied the knot for a second time.

A source told The Sun: ‘Orianne was living with Phil as his “wife”, but flying out to Vegas to see Bradley all the way through 2019 and 2020.

‘She bought a house in Vegas where they’d spend time together and didn’t keep it that secret — she’d post photos of his dog and cat on her Instagram.

‘She took him to London, Switzerland and France on trips and it appears she lavished money on him.’

Cevey abruptly broke off the friendship with Thompson in May, three months before marrying Tom Bates (pictured together)

Swiss-born Cevey met Collins in 1994, when she was 21 and he was 44 and going through a bitter divorce from his second wife, Jill.

Hired to translate for Collins during a European tour, Cevey is said to have fallen head over heels for the rocker, and the pair married in 1999.

The couple settled in Switzerland and had two children together, but within 15 months of their second son’s arrival in 2004, the relationship fell apart.

They settled the divorce in 2008 for a reported £25million, the largest in British showbiz history. 

Collins admitted being ‘a bit of a bastard’ to Cevey while she suffered post-natal depression following the birth, and hit the bottle after she left.

After a near-brush with death, Collins eventually kicked his drinking habit and settled into a quiet way of life, before a surprise reunion with Cevey in 2015.

Then living in Miami with her second husband, Charles Mejjati, Cevey suffered complications from back surgery that left her paralysed for a time.

Her first visitor in hospital was said to have been Collins – a meeting which rekindled old feelings and prompted him to jack in his sedate Swiss life and move to Miami.

A divorce from Mejjati followed, and in 2016 the pair announced they were an item again and living in Miami with their sons.

At the time, Phil claimed not to remember why they had divorced, and Cevey spoke of the hope that they would one day marry again.

Orianne is said to have changed the combination on the locks at the Miami mansion she has shared with Collins since 2016 (pictured), and he is trying to evict her 

Collins and Cevey married in 1999, divorced in 2008 in the largest celebrity settlement of its time, got back together in 2015, but are now on the rocks again 

But earlier this year the relationship fell apart once again with the news that Cevey had skipped town to Vegas – claiming to have been on a business trip, while actually marrying Bates in a 20-minute ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator.

The pair have since been pictured together in Miami, with Cevey sporting a huge jewel on her ring finger, while Bates wore a face mask with the logo of her jewellery brand on it.

According to Collins’ lawyers, Cevey has changed the combinations on the locks at their mansion, so he has been forced to start eviction proceedings against her.

She is reportedly asking for more money on top of their 2008 divorce deal before she quits the house – but pals of drummer and singer Collins, who is worth £130million, have said that he doesn’t want to give her a solitary dime.

She is also said to have threatened to release personal details about Collins.

Her lawyer, Frank Maister, yesterday confirmed legal action was under way. 

He previously told the Daily Mail: ‘We will deal with Mr Collins in the courthouse, not the gossip column.’

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