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How An Autograph Led Phil Collins To Feud With A Beatle

It all started in 2002 at the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations, where both Phil Collins and Paul McCartney were performing. 

Phil remembers approaching McCartney, who he greatly admired, asking if he would sign a first edition of his copy of "The Beatles" by Hunter Davis. 

But the reaction from McCartney, who was standing by his then wife Heather Mills, was anything but welcoming. 

“I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party back in 2002,” Collins told The Sunday Times.

“McCartney came up with Heather Mills and 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**k, you f**k.’ Never forgot it.”

That grudge has seemingly lasted 14 years and going by his current comments, is not likely to subside anytime soon. 

“McCartney was one of my heroes,” he said.

“But he has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel [like], ‘I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.’”

Collins has recently released a tell all biography detailing his life, from three marriages, then divorces, children, alcoholism, and more than a few opportunities for celebrity name dropping. 

One such anecdote that piqued our interest was an alleged conversation with the royal Princess Di discussing her colonoscopy... Who knew! 

H/T: The Sunday Times

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