American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Won't Give His Family a Cent [POLL]
The Family Who Supported Him During His American Idol Run Now Says He Won't Even Return Their Phone Calls
Reigning American Idol winner Phillip Phillips seemed to be a guy so nice they named him twice. But his family, the ones who reportedly spent big bucks flying from Georgia to Los Angeles to support him during his AI run and throughout his ongoing kidney problems, are painting a different picture of the singer.
The Phillips family business, a pawn shop in Georgia, is going on the auction block as a result of the family's dire financial situation, and some members of the fam say requests to the singer to help out have been met with silence.
A source tells TMZ.com the family has owned Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn -- which was featured on Idol -- for 24 years. The auction is scheduled to take place on Dec. 1, and Phil Sr. hopes to make between $200-250K on the sale.
But the source also tells TMZ that the family has reached out to their millionaire son for help several times, only to be rudely "blown off" by him.
The 22-year-old singer, who worked at the pawn shop before his Idol success, struggled with kidney problems throughout Idol's 11th season, and underwent surgery after the May finale.
He's set to release his debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, on Nov. 19.
TMZ.com reports they made several attempts to get Phillips' side of the story, but he did not return their phone calls.
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