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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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331.

amanda    

we also do not know how his bringing up was, something must of happened between him and his family members that we do not know about,

685 days ago
332.

dustin    

pawn brokers are all crooks that take advantage of the poor. take them a $500 tv they give you $100 and they sell it for $450 if you can't keep up with their interest rate of 20% or more.

685 days ago
333.

Debbie    

I'm guessing there's more to this story that what we're hearing. I don't blame Philip for refusing to help them out. Why is it that some people think they are "owed" something when a family member makes good? It's their pawn shop, not his. Why should he have to bail them out?

685 days ago
334.

carriee89    

what a jackass.

685 days ago
335.

craig    

first of all he should never have one he sucked

685 days ago
336.

charlene shepperd    

I'm sorry family but he is not responsible for helping anyone.
Lets say he did not win on American idol, what would you do?
You do what you have to do, right?
Leave him alone and stop the defamation of character or you could also get slapped with a suit .

685 days ago
337.

Mike    

Oh stop believing everything u read people u have no idea whats really going on here. Maybe they were abusive u don't know always blame the kid right when parents r pieces of **** u never know!!!!!!!!!!!!

685 days ago
338.

Mr Tinkles    

Who says he is a spoiled brat? He probably got treated like garbage by his family, and had to do what he could to get out of there!!

Now all they want is to use him to pay off THIER debts!!!!

Id dump thier asses too!!!

685 days ago
339.

jess    

this is why i don't watch american idol

685 days ago
340.

Deb    

The truth is, folks, that the store is being sold because Philip DOES help the family and they don't need it anymore. Never believe anything on TMZ. A bunch of lies!

685 days ago
341.

Lynda    

Hmm= Sound like another realiy show!

685 days ago
342.

Uh    

Pawn Shops are scavengers that feed off others misfortune. They probably tie with "rent to buy" ,and Richard Simmons credit card scam,as the one of the worst parasitical enterprises around. There seems to be no shortage of gullible public to provide the fodder used to fuel their greed.

685 days ago
343.

tmzfan    

If this is true, my image of Phillip is blown.

685 days ago
344.

Joseph    

Biggest issue: Phillips had major medical issues, he may have won 1 mill but half of that is taxed, plus the medical expenses, add on that fact being in the music industry is not filled with riches.

685 days ago
345.

Deborah    

Sounds like a bunch of BS to me. I do not believe it.

684 days ago
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