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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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226.

Bagheera    

Statistics show that American Idol winners earn about $650,000.00 during the year after winning. This includes cash and prizes.
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PP gave his parents the fancy new car he won on American idol. Estimated to be worth about $50,000.00
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During American Idol, he developed severe kidney stones. Through a quick google search, the procedures he went through included stone removal and reconstructive kidney surgery estimated to cost around a combined $400,000.00.
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Remember the $650k number at the top of this post? Well, he gave $50k to his parents and spent another $400k on surgery. 650 - 50 = 600. 600 - 400 = 200. He would have about $200,000.00 left.
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His daddy says they need around $500,000.00 to keep the business afloat. Not profitable. Just afloat. P.P. doesn't have that kind of money.
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His family also did not spend a penny to go watch P.P. on American Idol, it was completely paid for by the community. So don't try to paint a pretty sad picture about how much money his family spent. They didn't.
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I understand family loyalty, but it would be foolish for Phillip Phillip to destroy himself financially just so his family has another 3 months to destroy the family business.

721 days ago
227.

OICU4455    

Sounds to me like a bunch of mooching family members are not happy that he's not making his fame all about them.

Wait, what has he done to make any money sense Idol?
Dose he even have any cash to give to his mooching family?

721 days ago
228.

shed    

This is just complete bull crap, people here in georgia know better. This is a horrible lie and you should b e ashamed of yourselves for reporting this.

721 days ago
229.

Lesley    

What a crock of BS!!! I am from Phillip Phillips hometown and he was just in town YESTERDAY with his whole family surprising the kids at his high school pep rally. These people who wrote this story are freaking IDIOTS!!!

721 days ago
230.

Ang    

What a douche bag

721 days ago
231.

K Phillips Delcambre    

This is completely false. I don't know who your source is, but I am a very close family member & this is just not true. You should really check your sources better before posting such lies. It is very offensive to read this garbage about my family.

721 days ago
232.

BettieOoo    

BULL****!!!!!!!! When the show was still going on they were trying to sell the pawn shop!!!! There sooo way hes gotten that big a head so quick w/o that much fame is unbelieveable! He's such hometown boy thers no way!!

721 days ago
233.

Carl    

Something else is obviously going on here. You wouldn't do that to your parents unless there were HUGE issues between you and them.

721 days ago
234.

San Diego Adviser    

It is easierto go down than up. His day will come. When it is too late and he looks in the caskets of Mom and Dad he will remember his refusal forever.

721 days ago
235.

Janroc    

If you are a parent then you understand what sacrifices you make for your children. I think it takes almost a million dollars now to raise a child. So told tell me that kid doesn't owe his parents anything. They help make him who he is today. If it were a sibling then no, but parents YES.

721 days ago
236.

gunny    

Leave the poor guy alone. i am sure if he had the money he would support his family. winning american idol does not guarantee being a millionare.

721 days ago
237.

Heather    

That's karma for naming your kid Philip Phillips

721 days ago
238.

carolyn    

pray for them

721 days ago
239.

BeanzGirl    

Ummmmm he was in town last week visiting family and even went trick or treating with family! I'm calling bull**** on this story cause the way I've heard it is his daddy was looking to sell the shop BEFORE Idol! I mean seriously...get it straight TMZ!

721 days ago
240.

susan    

don't listen or believe the media, truth is, Phillip won't get any money until he fulfills his contract, he has signed away his rights and his life for a year

721 days ago
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