The singer - who vowed last week to quit the industry - defended his announcement in a post on his official website this week.
"I've decided to write this in response to the articles that surfaced last weekend regarding my retirement. Why they were printed at all is a mystery, as I haven't spoken to anybody in the press for a few months," he wrote.
"I'm not stopping because of dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press. I'm not stopping because I don't feel loved, I know I still have a very large fanbase that loves what I do. Thank you. I'm not stopping because I don't fit in... I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."
Collins went on to insist that he has been misunderstood by the mainstream media who have taken joking comments as serious news.
"Some of the things mentioned above have been said by me in various interviews, but said as asides with a smile on my face and in passing. They were not meant to be 'headlines', they were small parts of a conversation. This clearly doesn't come over in print and I should know better," he explained.
"However, the result is that I have ended up sounding like a tormented weirdo who thinks he was at the Alamo in another life, who feels very sorry for himself, and is retiring hurt because of the bad press over the years. None of this is true."
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