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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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196.

susue    

that is pure lies...his father is trying to reap off him....He has been told to stop....he is a s*** bag...business has been trying to sell for years ,father is a loser and is using his son!!!

616 days ago
197.

susue    

I live here in leesburg and that is all lie"s..His father is trying to reap off of his son...Business has been trying to sell for years....he is a s*** bag[father]

616 days ago
198.

jackie    

why does he family expect to live off of him?? shame on them// what pressure they are putting on that boy! sell at ay=uction and move on to new things!

616 days ago
199.

LiveOutLoud    

It's absolutely horrible how his family but him blast like that. He is not responsible for your debts. He can help out if he desires to do so, but he's not obligated.

616 days ago
200.

susue    

all lies...his father has been told to quite or he will only hurt his son...he doesn't care he is a lier,cheater and needs to be run out of town!!!!
What a terrible thing to do to his son,! A really wonderful christian boy...
He was losing his business for a long time ,now he is all over our leesburg news how it is full of PHILLIP PHILLIP items..trying to make money off of his name...!!!! s*** bag!!!

616 days ago
201.

tricia    

If they had a relationship, they wouldn't have needed to 'reach out' to him. Obviously they don't, so they need to fend for themselves.

616 days ago
202.

Shermerboingo    

The should of raised a better kid. And not an *******. They're incompetent parents. hahahahahaha

616 days ago
203.

patardugno    

He may not like that business, or want to save it. He probably didn't win a fortune, so he should be not waste some of what he did win, trying to save an already failing business. His parents should find some other business venture that would sustain itself.

616 days ago
204.

Jay    

We dont know the family situation. There could be many reasons why the business is in debt reasons that could directly be the parents fault. Maybe he doesnt have as strong as a relationship with his family as AI a family type show liked to to portray. Who knows? Also how much money as he actually made? Has his album even come out?

616 days ago
205.

Paul2281    

NEVER rely on anyone but yourself....

616 days ago
206.

tami    

This doesn't ring very true, since it was announced around the time Phillip won that the family business was up for sale, as they wanted to relocate to CA to be close to Phillip.

616 days ago
207.

BabyGirl    

This is soooo not true! I live in the area where he's from and there is not one iota of truth in that. If anything, his family are actually profitting from the sale of the business at least that's they way that are advertising the sale. "Own a piece of Americannna"

616 days ago
208.

trixie6426    

the guy should no dought help his family after all they did for him that is well do***ented. Shame on him, take his fame away, if he's not human, even if he's grown, he can help. He knows this business means the world to his father.

616 days ago
209.

Polly    

He probably has helped them, but it sounds like they are in over their heads. If the pawn shop is so in debt it has to be sold, Phillips is smart not to throw more money at it. Also, the article keeps repeating "we're told." Well, who is doing the telling?

616 days ago
210.

rob    

Just how much does the family think he's earned thus far? And, is it enough to last him long after his popularity has worn off (about a year is typical).

616 days ago
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