Phil Collins comes out of retirement, petition asks him to go back

Phil Collins is planning a comeback.

The pop singer announced he is no longer in retirement and plans to record a new solo album and tour in support of it, Collins said recently in Rolling Stone.

"My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does," Collins said to Rolling Stone. "They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I'd like to take them out so they can enjoy it."

But not everyone is a fan of Collins’ plan.

Soon after the story was published, a petition called “United Nations: Phil Collins must be stopped” was started to keep the singer in retirement. So far, it has more than 4,200 supporters.

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“Phil Collins has announced he is 'no longer in retirement,’” petition starter Brian Pee wrote. “There is far too much suffering in the world as it is. This must be stopped.”

The petition has since been closed, and the creator says it was all just in fun, and never meant to be taken seriously.

Within days “Phil Collins must stay” was started in support of the singer on the site. It has 184 supporters.

The creation of the supporting petition prompted this update for Collins’ move to retire.

“The forces of Phil have started a counter petition, but we must not let this shake our confidence,” Pee wrote. “Good is on our side, and we will overcome.”

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