It’s still not Another Day in Paradise. A judge ruled last week that Phil Collins’ ex Orianne Cevey can sue the Genesis star for half of the $40 million estate they once lived in together.
“The original deal was that she gets half the value of the house. That was the agreement they made. She’s suing for half, and he tried to get [the case] dismissed.
“Now the judge ruled that her case can move forward,” an insider familiar with the lawsuit told Page Six.
Cevey and Collins — who are already divorced — have been in a lengthy nasty legal battle over the multimillion-dollar Florida mega pad since he filed an eviction lawsuit against her after learning she secretly wed Thomas Bates in 2020.
She and Bates agreed to leave the house earlier this year as part of a partial settlement from Collins.
“She was never evicted. It was a small settlement to get her out of the house and relocate, so he could sell it. Now, it’s time to get back to the initial agreement,” the insider said.
Collins’ camp seems to be staying stoic after the ruling, adding it’s not over. A rep for the singer responded: “The [new] motion argued that Orianne’s case was filed in the wrong court, and [she] had to refile in the correct court, so the only significance in this ruling is the court that she’s going to lose in.”
Cevey and Bates are still taking it as a win. “She feels really good. You worry when you [are against] someone as wealthy and powerful as [Collins]. It’s nice to win a round, and she’s very happy,” the insider said.
Meanwhile, a frail-looking Collins started his UK Genesis tour in September, singing from a chair onstage. A few days ago the band delayed their tour after musicians — not said to be Collins — came down with COVID.