Phil Collins health: what illness does Genesis star have, how old is he, and dates of rescheduled UK tour 2022

Collins, who is the father of Emily in Paris actor Lily Collins, admits he’s been suffering with ill health recently

Rock fans were delighted last year when legendary drummer and singer Phil Collins announced a tour with fellow Genesis bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford - the band’s first since 2007.

But the drummer, who turned 70 earlier this year, sparked concern among fans during his appearance, when he was seen falling on stage.

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He has been battling with health issues for more than a decade and now cuts a frail figure, relying on a walking stick and a wheelchair to get around.

What illness does Phil Collins have?

Collins has been plagued by a number of health issues over the last 10 years, starting with an injured vertebrae in his upper neck in 2009.

The injury was sustained while he was performing and left him with crippling nerve damage.

After surgery to repair the vertebrae, he lost feeling in his fingers and could only grip drumsticks if they were taped to his hands.

The injury soon left him unable to continue playing the drums that made him a star.

In a message published on the Genesis website at the time, Collins explained, "Somehow, during the last Genesis tour, I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.

"After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally.

“Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano."

In his 2016 autobiography, Collins explained that he had struggled with an alcohol problem following his retirement and his divorce from his third wife, adding that he had been sober for three years.

The following year, he revealed that he is a type 2 diabetic and had received treatment with a hyperbaric chamber after developing a diabetic abscess on his foot which became infected.

Collins now uses a cane to assist with walking (Photo: Getty Images)

In 2017, the singer was forced to cancel two shows after slipping in his hotel room during the night and hitting his head on a chair, resulting in stitches for a severe cut close to his eye.

The fall was caused by ‘foot drop’, a condition which Collins developed after his back operation and now sees him wearing orthopedic shoes.

He now uses a cane to assist with walking and performed on stage while sitting in a chair.

Collins also suffers from acute pancreatitis, which sees the pancreas become inflamed and swollen over a short period of time.

Speaking about the condition at a press conference in 2016, he explained: “Within months you’re drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and falling over in front of the kids, you know.

"But it was something I lived through, and I was lucky to live through it and get through it.

“I was very close to dying."

Who is his daughter?

Collins is the father of actress Lily Collins, star of the comedy-drama TV series, Emily In Paris.

Lily, 32, is also known for her work in films including Mirror Mirror, Love, Rosie, and the TV adaptation of Les Miserables.

She was born in Guildford, Surrey, but moved to the US as a child after her parents divorced.

The actress revealed that she married filmmaker Charlie McDowell on Saturday (4 September), sharing a picture of herself kissing her new husband on Instagram.

The star wrote: “I’ve never wanted to be someone’s someone more than I do yours, and now I get to be your wife. On September 4th, 2021 we officially became each other’s forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell…⁣”

Is Phil Collins touring this year?

Genesis kicked off their UK tour last month, with the first date taking place on 20 September in Birmingham, before visiting Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool.

However, the band were forced to postpone three London shows due to a positive Covid-19 test.

The band were due to play in Glasgow tonight on 8 October before heading to London for three shows at The O2 on 11, 12 and 13 October, but these shows had to be cancelled.

These shows have now been rescheduled and will take place on 24, 25 and 26 March 2022 at The O2 in London on the following dates next year.

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