The musician shoots down rumors of his reasons for stopping music, but says he wants to be a "full time father"

By Dahvi Shira
March 08, 2011 02:20 PM
Credit: Luca Bruno/AP

Phil Collins is setting the record straight about his retirement from the music business – sort of.

Just one day after Collins’s rep told PEOPLE that the former Genesis frontman has no intention of retiring, the musician himself addressed recent rumors about future of his career, in a message posted on his Web site Tuesday.

“Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted,” Collins, 60, writes. “Therefore, I would like to add my comments and try to explain again my reasons for calling it a day.”

Collins knocks reports that he’s leaving the music scene over bad reviews, mistreatment by the media or because “I don’t feel loved.” Instead, he says, “I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”

After thanking his “very large fanbase that loves what I do,” the Grammy-winning musician adds that he’s not some “tormented weirdo who thinks he was at the Alamo in another life.”

Reiterating his gratefulness to fans for their well wishes, he adds, “It means a lot that you care. But there’s no need for the straitjacket!”

Collins does not refer to any health issues, which have been reported as why he’s taking a break from work. An article in FHM magazine cites a dislocated vertebra, lost hearing and nerve damage as fueling Collins’s decision to quit music.

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