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Phillip Phillips' Family

'Idol' Champ's Forcing Us

To Sell Pawn Shop

11/3/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phillip Phillips
' family says the singer left them high and dry after winning "American Idol" -- refusing to help them out financially -- and now, they've been forced to sell their cherished family business ... Phillips family sources tell TMZ.

The Phillips family-owned Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn -- which has been in the family for 24 years -- is scheduled to hit the auction block on December 1st ... and we're told, Phillip's dad hopes to use the profits to cover the family's mounting debt.

We're told Phillip's dad hopes to bring in between $200,000-250,000 during the auction.

We're told Phillip's family has reached out multiple times to the singer for financial help since he hit it big, but Phil has blown them off.

According to Phillips family sources, the family's especially hurt by the singer's radio silence -- since they spent a ton of money on travel expenses so they could see Phillip compete on "Idol."

We made multiple calls to Phillip Phillips over several days -- but our calls were not returned.

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136.

Wow ...    

I'm with so many other posters: There is a reason why Phillip Phillips is not returning calls and passing out money like it is candy on Halloween. Parents are not entitled to their children's money. If kids want to help, that is another story. Let's consider Lindsay and her folks...enough said.

627 days ago
137.

joy peace    

i think this story is bull****. it doesnt say the family said this, it says a family sourse. they are probably selling there business cause they dont need it anymore. lol.

627 days ago
138.

Karmagal    

Oh please. This is such bull shi t.. First of all the NERVE of the father to EXPECT for this kid to pay off HIS mounting debt. Its NOT Phillip's fault. And second I bet Phil does not even have that kind of money yet.. He is just getting started. Shame on them for doing this..

627 days ago
139.

sieben13    

He don't owe you guys NOTHING

627 days ago
140.

Sherron    

When one comes into a lot of money they are under no obligation to share that money with others, none... Their may be reasons he doesn't want to share his money with his family, like bad financial decisions they have made in the past. He may be smart in holding on to what he has rather than giving it away.

627 days ago
141.

Parker    

I have been ripped off so bad by family members who come to borrow money and you never see them again....Family will take you idown as low as they are if given the chance...He owes nothing to his family...especially his father.....i know what philps is thinking..help them once and they keep coming back for more.....Perfect examples of greedy familys...Lohans, Jacksons, Kardashians, Honey Boo, all these kids are supporting lazy family members! But when the money runs out....so do they!

627 days ago
142.

Patrick    

We don't know Philips side of the story, so don't be quick to judge. Maybe his family has been greedy in past, maybe he's owed money, maybe he isn't helping for other reasons unbeknownst to us.

627 days ago
143.

DAS    

I don't know the whole story but as the black sheep of a good family...who has grown up....I can't do enough for my family after all the crap i put them thru..I wish I could do more...

627 days ago
144.

Jillian    

Since when should he have to support THEM!?! I'm sure he must have his own liabilities such as medical bills, etc. to pay! This is b%llsh!t that the feel a sense of entitlement to bail them out!!!!

627 days ago
145.

Sandy p    

Two sides to every story. Could be he has a good reason not to save a failing business in this economy family or not. It's not as though he is rolling in dough right now either.

627 days ago
146.

Gloria    

All your negative comments about Phillip's family are a bunch of crap. He could at least answer is parents call, who was there for him all his life. Who feels it knows it

627 days ago
147.

Jillian    

They sound like worthless bottom feeders! It's pretty low to go to the media about this! They're business- their problem! Not their son's! He has been through so much with his own health issues! He needs to stay focused on his health and own well being! I would shut them out forever after this stunt!!!

627 days ago
148.

sachtjen101    

Get your facts right....... http://www.walb.com/story/19927699/inside-the-sale-at-the-phillip-phillips-auction

627 days ago
149.

larkwoodgirl    

This story is not true. The pawn shop was going downhill and for sale while Phillip was still on American idol.

627 days ago
150.

Linda    

There are three sides to this story, his, their's and then the truth.Don't judge .. I hope this family comes together!

627 days ago
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