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EXCLUSIVE: Phil Collins’s ex-wife Orianne Cevey, 47, is seeking to block her soon-to-be ex-husband, 31, from getting a share of $6M Fort Lauderdale mansion they moved into after being kicked out of rocker’s Miami home last year

  • Orianne Collins has filed for exclusive occupancy of the Fort Lauderdale mansion she shared with soon-to-be ex-husband Thomas Bates 
  • Divorce papers obtained by DailyMail.com reveal the 47-year-old is seeking to block Bates from grabbing a share of the $6M home she bought early this year
  • Orianne, whose maiden name is Cevey, is claiming she put up all the money for the waterfront property, took on a mortgage, and paid all the bills  
  • The jewelry designer is demanding immediate sole occupancy of the home saying she is ‘in fear’ of ‘altercations’ if Bates ‘re-enters’  
  • Orianne announced the couple’s divorce in early December –  more than a year after the pair exchanged vows August 2, 2020 at a Las Vegas chapel   
  • She remains embroiled in litigation with ex-husband Phil Collins over the $40m estate Florida mansion they once shared 
  • The Sussudio artist last year filed legal paperwork to evict Orianne from the premises after learning that she and Bates had exchanged vows

She’s famously fighting for a $20million cut of the Miami Beach mansion she shared with rock legend ex Phil Collins and where she later installed her new boy toy husband.

But Orianne Collins, 47, now faces her own property battle after blowing much of her fortune and filing for divorce from musician Thomas Bates after just over a year of marriage, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The tables have turned on the Swiss-born jewelry designer who is fighting to stop Bates, 31, from grabbing a share of the $6million home she bought in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a judge ordered them out of Collins’s magnificent $40million oceanfront property late last year.

Divorce papers exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com say Orianne has been ‘drained of the vast majority’ of her fortune after marrying the former tribute band guitarist in an Elvis-themed ceremony in Las Vegas in August 2020.

Orianne Collins is seeking exclusive occupancy of her Fort Lauderdale mansion after filing for divorce from third husband Thomas Bates (pictured together in April) after a year of marriage 
Earlier this year, Orianne and Bates - who had been living in Phil Collins's Miami mansion - packed their bags and moved into a six-bedroom waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale (pictured)
Earlier this year, Orianne and Bates – who had been living in Phil Collins’s Miami mansion – packed their bags and moved into a six-bedroom waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale (pictured) 

She put up all the money for the six-bedroom waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale – which also boasts eight bathrooms and a stunning pool – took on a mortgage, and paid all the bills, says the filing. Bates contributed nothing, it adds.

But Orianne, who received $46million from Collins when they divorced in 2008, now needs to sell up because she can’t afford to run it, according to the documents.

She is also demanding all the house proceeds in the split from Bates.

The filing disclosed other intriguing insights into the fallout of the short-lived marriage that stunned the showbiz world.

After tying the knot, the pair plastered their lives across Instagram and went on mega shopping expeditions in Miami’s super-exclusive Design District – later heading home laden with bags in a chauffeur-driven Bentley.

But Orianne – whose maiden name is Cevey – and third-husband Bates had frequent splits during their short time together, the papers disclose.

It is not clear where Bates, whose family are in South Florida, is now living.

However Orianne is also demanding immediate sole occupancy of the waterfront home in the divorce papers – saying she is ‘in fear’ of ‘altercations’ if her estranged husband ‘re-enters’.

Additionally, she wants the return of all the designer gifts she lavished on the wannabe musician and singer, the documents reveal.

Orianne, who uses last name Collins Bates on the divorce filing, tied the knot with former tribute band guitarist Bates in an Elvis-themed ceremony in Las Vegas in August 2020 – 12 years after divorcing Genesis singer Phil Collins 
The $6million mansion boasts eight bathrooms and a stunning pool and views of the canal on Harbor Beach
The $6million mansion boasts eight bathrooms and a stunning pool and views of the canal on Harbor Beach  
Orianne snapped up the new house for the couple and her two sons with Collins, Nicholas, 19, and 15-year-old Matthew, just before Christmas last year
Orianne snapped up the new house for the couple and her two sons with Collins, Nicholas, 19, and 15-year-old Matthew, just before Christmas last year 

Bates, who quickly became festooned in expensive clothes and exclusive watches after the marriage, was driving around in a rare $300,000 Aston Martin following the shock wedding.

However, there is no mention of the legendary British sports car in the filing.

Another demand is for Bates to produce any documents relating to any private investigator or surveillance reports on his estranged wife.

It is doubtful the irony of Orianne’s fight for her latest home will be lost on Collins, 70.

She is still suing the Genesis icon, claiming he agreed that she was entitled to half the value of his $40million Miami Beach mansion when they moved in together in 2016.

The former couple, who have two sons, divorced in 2008 after nine years of marriage.

They later reconciled however after Orianne split from second husband Charles Fouad Mejjati and went to live with the rock legend at his newly-purchased mansion in Miami Beach’s exclusive North Bay Road and formerly owned by Jennifer Lopez.

However fed-up Orianne secretly wed Bates last year and installed him in the home while In The Air Tonight singer Collins was away in Europe – sparking a legal battle to throw the pair out.

She hired armed guards, allegedly changed the electronic locks, and was accused of turning the place into a fortress.

Collins finally sold the mansion last year amid a court battle in which Orianne made startling allegations about his drinking and personal hygiene, which he denied.

Orianne announced her latest divorce on Instagram earlier this month, blaming Covid for the split.

She said: ‘I am filing for divorce from my husband, Thomas Bates. I believe the emotional stress of the COVID quarantine caused me to act in ways and do things that were out of character.

‘Fortunately, I have faced challenging situations before and like I always have, I will muster all the strength I can, the best team I can find and the courage to do the right thing.’

Her court papers emphasize an ‘extremely short marriage’.

They add: ‘The parties were married to one another on August 2, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and have separated frequently during this very brief marriage. Regrettably this very brief marriage is irretrievably broken.’

The papers say Orianne – who uses the last name Collins Bates on the divorce filing – created a company called O & T Holding LLC ‘in which both parties have an interest’. This ‘entity’ has one asset, the Fort Lauderdale home.

After tying the knot last year, the pair plastered their high-flying lives all over social media and went on mega shopping expeditions
Bates, 31, who quickly became festooned in expensive clothes and exclusive watches after the marriage, was driving around in a rare $300,000 Aston Martin following the couple's shock wedding

In the demand for the house, her attorney writes: ‘During the course of the parties’ marriage, numerous assets and liabilities have been accumulated and incurred respectively.

‘The Wife is requesting that based on the totality of circumstances, the Wife’s significant financial contributions to the marriage, as well as her extraordinary contributions in the parties’ brief marriage and the fact that no gifts were intended, that the assets should be awarded in favor of the Wife.’

Orianne ‘acquired’ the home for about $6million with a mortgage, the papers state. 

‘All of the monies for the purchase of the residence, shy of the mortgage, were paid from the Wife’s premarital/or nonmarital funds. The Husband made no financial contribution,’ they add.

She paid all the maintenance costs, all the mortgage and other expenses for running the home, the filing continues

‘Conversely, the Husband has not contributed any funds towards the purchase, acquisition, and maintenance of the property. Additionally, he has received substantial financial benefits and assets that he insisted remain with him.’

In an appeal for her to be given ‘exclusive occupancy’ of the mansion, the papers say: ‘The parties have separated and the Husband has spent time with family members and away from the former marital residence.

‘Nonetheless, the Wife is in fear that the Husband will re-enter the former marital residence and that either altercations or disputes will arise….

‘The former marital residence clearly will have to be placed on the market for sale as the Wife cannot continue to maintain the property on her own, although she had been doing so during the parties’ brief marriage.. 

‘The Husband, who has not contributed anything, should not be allowed to remain at the former marital residence.’

And of her current financial state, the filing says: ‘Essentially the Husband has contributed nothing financially in their brief marriage, whereas the Wife has been drained of the vast majority of her premarital and/or nonmarital assets.’

In a bid to get a judge to order Bates to return the gifts, the papers state: ‘As for all additional equitable distribution, the Court should consider any monies allocated for gifts for the Husband in this very brief marriage in order to award those assets in favor of the Wife, including, but not limited to, jewelry and other personal belongings of the Husband.’

Orianne demanded an extensive list of documents for Bates to produce from the past two years – which include any private investigator reports.

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