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After weeks of speculation and rumors — about his declining health, “bad press” and his relationship with fans — former Genesis frontman-turned-soft rock station staple Phil Collins took to the Web with his version of “Breaking News.”

“Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted,” Collins posted Monday on PhilCollins.com.

In his post, Collins wrote that these articles (notably, a recent interview in British FHM) portrayed him as a “tormented weirdo.” In response, the singer-songwriter-drummer explained that he’s really quite normal and in fact “just wants to be a full-time dad to his two young sons.”

With his clarification picked up by dozens of media outlets — the AP, USA Today, E! Online, BBCAmerica.com, Today’s Parent, People.com and The Onion, among others — and links breathlessly shot out via Twitter and Facebook, Collins managed to generate the most diverse coverage he’s had since 1985, when he played same-day Live Aid sets in both London and Philadelphia. This time, though, all it took was a Web post.

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