Phil Collins calls Adele a ‘slippery little fish’ after being dropped from her new album

The singer is alleged to have not replied to Collins' interest in a collaboration

Phil Collins has revealed that Adele snubbed him after initially asking him to work with her.

In January, the former Genesis drummer confirmed that he was working with the singer, saying at the time: “I’ve just started to work with Adele. She contacted me to write together. I wasn’t actually too aware [of her]. I live in a cave [but] she’s achieved an incredible amount and I really love her voice and I love some of that stuff she’s done. So, to me, it’s always an eye-opener. Educational.”

Now, however, it looks unlikely that a collaboration with materialise after Collins claimed that the singer failed to respond to his messages.

“She got hold of me and asked if I would write with her. She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didn’t know if I’d failed the audition as I didn’t hear back from her,” he told Q magazine.

“She said, ‘No, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, I’m not actually doing anything at the moment.’ And now I’ve heard there’s a [new album] coming out. I’m not on it, I know that.”

“She’s a slippery little fish is Adele,” Collins added.

Adele’s label XL were forced to deny rumours that she’s set to release a new record. Martin Mills, chairman of the Beggars Group of which Adele’s label XL Recordings is a member, stated that there was “no truth” in a rumour that Adele would release a new album and tour the world in 2015.

The singer’s new album is expected to be called ’25’, following on from previous efforts ’19’ and ’21’. In May, she posted a picture in which she said she would “see” 25 “later in the year”.

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has also claimed that he was working on a new Adele album, while rapper Wiz Khalifa said that a collaboration he recorded with the singer for his next album had been scrapped too.