Fourth Child For Overjoyed UK Rocker Phil Collins

By | April 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

British rocker Phil Collins and his third wife, Swiss-born Orianne, have had their first child, the star’s publicist said on Tuesday.

Orianne gave birth to Nicholas Grev Austin on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, where the couple now live.

“It is difficult to express just how happy Orianne and I are with the arrival of little Nicholas,” the 50-year-old legend said in a statement.

He married Orianne, 22 years his junior, in July 1999.

Collins has three other children, Simon, Joley and Lily, by his first two marriages.

The stocky drummer who became frontman for the hugely successful band Genesis has a personal fortune estimated at 120 million pounds ($173 million) and has sold an estimated 80 million albums worldwide since going solo.

Collins also won an Oscar last year for the song “You’ll be in my Heart” from the animated movie Tarzan. His spokeswoman said Collins was currently working on a studio album and a new animated feature for Disney.

The singer hinted that Nicholas, who weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 19.6 inches long, may follow in his footsteps.

“He’s got a huge voice and a strong temperament,” Collins said. “He’s wonderful.”

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