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2016 just gets weirder and weirder. Last week, Phil Collins’ 14 year long dislike for former Beatle Paul McCartney became public knowledge as he blasted the rock legend for being a little – or a lot, as Phil recalls – unkind when asked by Phil to autograph his first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies. Phil, a tremendous Beatles fan until that moment, never forgot the slight.
“I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party back in 2002. McCartney came up with Heather Mills,” he recalled.
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“I had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davies, and I said, ‘Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?’ And he said, ‘Oh Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan.’ And I thought, ‘You f—, you f—.’ Never forgot it.”
This week, we get to hear the other side’s feelings on the matter as Paul McCartney responds to Phil, and as Phil tells it, Paul is rather…well, miffed that the entire thing has been brought to light. In an interview with Billboard, Phil revealed that Paul has been in touch with him over the past few days, more than a little upset with how he’s being portrayed and essentially telling Phil to grow up and get over it – it was over a decade ago, after all.
“I certainly didn’t get any flowers from him; I got more of a ‘Let’s just get on with our lives.’ And I’m sorry he’s upset that I kinda said something nasty about him — well, it wasn’t really nasty. If people don’t tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better then you’re not gonna get any better, y’know?”
Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not – but we do know that we can certainly expect to not see Paul anywhere near Phil’s highly anticipated comeback tour.