Reports of his retirement were greatly exaggerated. Singer-drummer Phil Collins, after an interview that sparked widespread reports of his retirement from music due to health concerns, now says that wasn't what he meant.
"He is not, has no intention of, retiring," his U.K. representative told People magazine Monday.
The misperception began rolling after the hit-maker, 60, gave an interview to the print edition of the British magazine FHM.
"I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: 'I can't be in the same business as this,' " Collins said, according to the newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me. I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely."
Collins has hearing problems and a dislocated vertebra after decades of drumming, and underwent surgery last year to treat nerve damage in one hand. "My doctors tell me it's a work in progress, that it will take about a year for me to recover," he told FHM.
For now, the father of five, who is dating CBS anchorwoman Dana Tyler, and currently lives Switzerland, is enjoying his break.
"I'm spending a lot of time at home with my kids," he said last fall. "That's really what I want to do and take some real serious time off."