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Phil Collins admits having suicidal thoughts

November 10, 2010 |  1:12 pm

Phil Collins suicidal thoughts Hello! Phil Collins has admitted there were times he thought he must be going -- permanently.

The Genesis frontman and solo artist has had suicidal thoughts, he told Rolling Stone. However, "I wouldn't blow my head off," he said.

"I'd overdose or do something that didn't hurt. But I wouldn't do that to the children."

Dark indeed for a guy who's next offering is an album of Motown covers, but maybe not so much for the prog-rock musician who hit solo in the '80s with "Face Value" and "Hello, I Must Be Going!," penning lines along the way like, "Well, if you told me you were drowning / I would not lend a hand" and "You can tell everyone I'm a down disgrace / Drag my name all over the place / I don't care anymore."

"A comedian who committed suicide in the Sixties left a note saying, 'Too many things went wrong too often.' I often think about that."

Collins also said he's considered leaving music all together.

"I sometimes think I'm going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story," he said. "Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, 'What happened to Phil?' And the answer will be, 'He got murdered, but, yeah, anyway, let's carry on.' That kind of thing."

Do Phil's thoughts make you want to boogie to Motown? Or convince you there's no way in, no way out? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photo: Phil Collins in 2008. Credit: Getty Images


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