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Collins writing songs

Phil Collins, the former Genesis drummer whose earnest ballads made him a star in the 1980s, is writing songs again. Although he dreads the idea of extended touring because it would take him away from his five children, Collins says he has missed the creativity of music since he retired in 2010.

Collins spoke Wednesday in Miami Beach. He was in town to promote the expansion of his nonprofit Little Dreams Foundation, which he co-founded with his now ex-wife, Orianne Collins, to help youth realize their artistic, musical and athletic dreams.

“I’ve decided I kind of missed that writing creative stuff, so I’m trying to get back into writing, and that’s getting into a certain headspace and personal drive,” he said.

Chef Lawson comes clean

Nigella Lawson says she is not proud of her past drug use but came clean to avoid being “bullied by lies” from her ex-husband.

Lawson told a London court that “I would rather be honest and ashamed” than let false allegations stand.

The celebrity chef testified for a second day Thursday at the fraud trial of two former assistants.

The case has been overshadowed by revelations about the troubled relationship between Lawson and ex-husband, Charles Saatchi. They divorced in July after Saatchi was photographed grabbing Lawson’s throat outside a London restaurant.

Lawyers for former employees Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo allege that Lawson sanctioned their high spending in exchange for their silence about her drug use.

Bynes back with parents

A lawyer for Amanda Bynes says the actress has left an inpatient mental health treatment facility and is back with her parents.

Attorney Tamar Arminak on Thursday confirmed the 27-year-old actress’ release after several months of treatment.

Bynes has been in treatment since July, when she was placed on a psychiatric hold after starting a fire in a driveway in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her mother, Lynn Bynes, was granted a temporary conservatorship over the actress, but the case was dismissed because Amanda Bynes’ care was being overseen by a mental health court.

Arminak told People magazine that Amanda Bynes’ treatment will continue and that she is considering returning to school to study fashion design.

Burgundy goes to college

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell told students he was “literally in a glass case of emotion” Wednesday as Emerson College temporarily named its School of Communication for Ron Burgundy, his character in “Anchorman.”

Ferrell appeared as Burgundy, the fictitious television anchorman he plays in the 2004 hit movie as well as its sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opens this month.

The renaming was one of several recent promotional events for the movie. Ferrell anchored a newscast as Burgundy in North Dakota over the weekend. Then he helped cover curling trials in Canada.

A spokeswoman said Emerson received no money for the appearance.