Phil Collins has finally taken back possession of his Miami Beach mansion from his ex-wife - but the rocker never plans to set foot in the sprawling waterfront property again, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Orianne Cevey, 46, and her new husband Thomas Bates, 31, finally packed their bags and vacated the $40m home earlier this week ahead of a court-mandated deadline to leave by today.
Sources close to Collins have revealed however that the Genesis legend - currently in London - has no plans to return to Miami and is already in negotiations with a prospective buyer.
DailyMail.com revealed last week that Cevey snapped up a new $5.5m house for the couple and her two sons with Collins, Nicholas, 19, and 15-year-old Matthew, in nearby Fort Lauderdale just before Christmas.
It came after Collins tried for months to have her kicked off his property after finding out that she had secretly remarried Bates, an aspiring musician 38 years his junior, and moved him in.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Phil Collins' ex Orianne Cevey, 46, and her new husband Thomas Bates, 31, finally packed their bags and vacated his $40 home earlier this week
Orianne was back on social media this week after settling in to her new six-bed, canal-front home in Fort Lauderdale's swank Harbor Beach neighborhood. 'Cheers Everyone! To a much better year!' she wrote under an Instagram photo of herself enjoying a champagne toast in her new kitchen. 'Lots of love, health and happiness'
The jewelry designer had until today, January 21 under a court-agreed deadline to vacate Phil's bayfront residence (pictured) which has been the subject of a bitter months-long eviction battle
When the newlyweds failed to leave, Collins sued for unlawful detainer and forcible entry, accusing the pair of hiring armed guards, covering over security cameras and changing alarm codes to seize the estate 'by a show of force.'
The ugly saga is far from over, however, as Cevey is countersuing for $20m, claiming she is entitled to half its value under a 'verbal cohabitation agreement'.
The dispute could take years to go to trial unless the former flames can reach a settlement because of the huge backlog of cases caused by the pandemic.
Collins and Cevey married in 1999 but split seven years later, agreeing to a record $47m divorce settlement.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
They surprised the world, however, in 2016 when they announced they were back together and living in the Miami home, which Collins purchased for $33m through an LLC in 2015.
The relationship ended, seemingly for good, when he discovered Orianne had 'secretly' married Bates in Las Vegas on August 2.
According to court filings, the Against All Odds crooner left in a hurry for Switzerland and gave the couple until October 12 to pack their bags and move so he could put the property up for sale.
When he started eviction proceedings the couple dug in, dismissing the allegations as 'nothing more than a retaliation' to the new marriage and a 'shameful story' that Collins