Jill Tavelman Biography: Early Life, Career, Net Worth And Recent News

Born 9 April 1956, American businesswoman Jill Tavelman is a former actress and architect who was once married to the famous English drummer, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor Phil Collins. Jill is a well-known face in Hollywood, but her relationship with Phil overshadows her achievements. Some degree of her fame can also be attributed to her daughter, Lily Collins, a famous actress and model.

Asides from being a film star and ex-wife of another superstar, Jill Tavelman is a professional architect and owns an antique shop in West Hollywood, California. She also owns the website Waverly on Doheny, where she sells her antiques online.

Tavelman, who was born in the United States, has mixed British-Irish ethnicity. Her dad was a Canadian Jewish native, who owned a men’s clothing store in the heart of Beverly Hills, while her mom was a theatre artist and actress (probably where she picked her interest in acting from).

Jill and Phil got married in 1984 after having been in a relationship for four years. The couple split 12 years later in 1996 after Phil declared he no longer had feelings for his wife and mother of his daughter, Lily Collins.

You can’t escape public scrutiny as a celebrity. Much less a celeb who is or was involved with another superstar and such is the case of Jill Tavelman. Where is she now, and what has her life been like after parting ways with Phil Collins? These and more are some of the questions we will try to answer in this article. Before we proceed, however, here are ten facts about Jill.

10 interesting Jill Tavelman facts

  1. Although Jill is known as an actress, she rarely worked in the entertainment industry and didn’t have much repertoire.
  2. According to several outlets, Jill made her acting debut in the year 1988 with a role in the film Buster.
  3. As earlier mentioned, Jill is an architect by discipline and profession, and she has focused most of her active years in the domain.
  4. One major hobby of Jill’s is collecting antiques, and this set precedence for her antique business, which has somewhat become a big deal over the years.
  5. Jill recognizes the important role of social media in today’s world and has put it to good use. She shares photos of her antique collection on her Instagram page, ultimately reaching wider demography.
  6. Jill got married to Phil Collins in 1984, and the pair have a daughter together by the name of Lily Collins.
  7. Jill’s daughter Lily Collins is an apple that didn’t fall too far from the tree as she’s also in the entertainment business. Lily is an actress, model, and philanthropist.
  8. According to several reports, Jill got a huge settlement from the divorce from Phil Collins, up to the tune of $23.5 million.
  9. Despite being divorced, Jill and her ex-husband have remained very friendly, in fact, she still posts photos of him on her social media, and they are still seen together occasionally at events.
  10. Based on reports from several sources, Jill currently has a net worth of about $25 million, the bulk of which comes from the divorce settlement.

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As Phil Collins’ spouse

Phil Collins ex-wife Jill Tavelman, Lily Collins mother, net worth
Phil Collins and ex-wife Jill Tavelman

Jill and Phil first met in the year 1980. The singer had been promoting one of his Genesis albums in the US when he crossed paths with Jill in a local Los Angeles bar. He had only recently gotten divorced from his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, and he had no intentions of getting into a new relationship. To avoid exposing himself and his celeb status at the time, he introduced himself as Bill Collick. Jill, however, hadn’t even heard of any Phil Collins before then because she favoured a different genre of music from his.

Some months after their first meeting, when things had progressed between them, Phil asked Jill to move to England with him, and she obliged. They became the talk of the town as they always appeared at events together. Their relationship went on for a couple of years more before they took the big step of tying the knot.

On 4 August 1984, Jill and Phil officially got married in an intimate ceremony held at a local church near the town of Guildford where they were living. Phil’s unfinished business with his previous wife and his new career as a solo act made the early years of their marriage a bit challenging.

Phil Collins ex-wife Jill Tavelman, Lily Collins mother, net worth
Phil Collins and ex-wife Jill Tavelman, with daughter Lily Collins

A couple of years after tying the knot, Jill gave birth to her first and only child, a daughter named Lily Collins, on 18 March 1989. But that wasn’t enough to stop the downward spiral of their relationship as a couple.

Jill Tavelman and Phil Collins’ divorce

By the time their married passed the ten-year mark, things had gotten bad between the couple. As Phil will later say to his biographer: “There were signs that maybe it wasn’t as special, or wonderful, as it used to be.” It was during this time that Phil found his way back to his teenage sweetheart Lavinia Lang. This affair was the last straw, as it dealt the final blow to their already weak bond.

It is rumoured that rather shockingly, Phil broke things off with Jill over fax. He has, however, denied such claims. Their divorce was eventually finalised in 1996. The divorce cost Collins a huge part of his wealth through alimony. Jill received a staggering $23.5 million.

Jill Tavelman and Phil Collins daughter, Lily Collins

Lily Collins movies and TV shows
Lily Collins

Born Lily Jane Collins on 18 March 1989, Lily is a British-American actress and model. Her debut role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. In 2007, she was named International Model of the Year by Spain’s Glamour magazine after being selected by Chanel to wear one of their dresses at the Hôtel de Crillon.

Following her studies, she first gained attention as a writer for popular teen magazines like Teen Vogue and Seventeen. Later on, she started hosting Nickelodeon-sponsored political campaigns. Collins had her breakthrough with the sports-drama film The Blind side (2009), which was the third highest-grossing film of its year. She was critically acclaimed for her roles as Marla Mabrey in the comedy Rules Don’t Apply (2016), which earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Lily Collins Movies and TV shows

She appeared in two episodes of a teen drama series titled 90210 in 2009. In the same year, she also portrayed the character of Collins Tuohy in the movie The Blind Side. In 2011, Collins played the role of Lucy in the thriller flick Priest, opposite Paul Bettany. Lily has appeared in lead roles in many films since getting her breakthrough in the industry, and we will see some of them here.

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a 2012 American fantasy comedy film based on the fairy tale Snow White collected by the Brothers Grimm. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design and earned $183 million on an $85-100 million budget. Lily starred in a lead role as Snow White alongside Julia Roberts, Sean Bean, Armie Hammer, and other notable stars.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a 2013 urban fantasy film based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The story takes place in contemporary New York City. Lily played the role of Clarissa Adele “Clary” Fairchild who is the main protagonist of the story.

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Rules Don’t Apply

Rules Don’t Apply is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty. It is loosely based on the life of popular film director Howard Hughes. Set in 1958 Hollywood, the film follows the romantic relationship between a young actress and her driver, which is forbidden by their employer, Howard Hughes.

Collin played the role of Marla Mabrey, a devout Baptist beauty queen under contract with Hughes’ film studio RKO Pictures. Marla befriends her personal driver Frank Forbes who falls for her despite being in a relationship himself. Collins received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Lily Collins Boyfriend

Lily Jane Collins has always been secretive about her romantic relationships. However, it was said that she was in a relationship with Jamie Campbell Bower in 2012. They broke up in 2013, and the same year, the actress told the media that she had witnessed how publicity complicated her parents’ relationship, and therefore she wasn’t comfortable exposing her personal life publicly.

In 2019, Lily started dating Charlie McDowell, and they eventually got married in 2021.

Did Jill Tavelman Remarry?

Of course, people want to know if Jill got married again after leaving Phil Collins. To the best of our knowledge, she has done nothing of the sort. Jill has focused on her work and antique business. If she is seeing anyone, she has kept it away from the public.

Jill Tavelman Net Worth

As initially explained. Jill has a net worth of about $25 million. She got a huge sum of money following her separation from Phil Collins. It is also worthy of note that Jill is from a wealthy home. In fact, at the time she met Phil in 1980, she was richer than him. Lastly, her career as an architect and antique collector has earned her about $1.5 million too.


65-year-old Jill Tavelman is living her days as fulfilled as anyone can be. She has maintained a cordial relationship with her ex-husband and has a daughter who is doing amazingly well in her own career. With a business that is doing well, money in the bank, and a functional family, one may say she has no worries.

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