"I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: 'I can't be in the same business as this'," said the vet, who now lives on his own in Switzerland after divorcing his third wife in 2007. "I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me. I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely."
One of the downfalls of Collins' huge success? His omnipresent songs made folks "want to strangle" him, he says. "It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that."