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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

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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Family should always help family. If he were down and out, his family would help him, I hope. In my family, that's how we do things. My father always said, my money is our money, and he meant the whole family, parents and grown children. That doesn't mean you have to give all your money to someone, but that you would never let someone be in dire straits or desperate need. You would definitely pitch in to help. There is a financial and a physical responsibility within families that never ends. Some people choose not to honor it. And there are extenuating cir***stances where you wouldn't aid and abet someone in a fruitless or harmful endeavor. Those are judgment calls that have to be made. I don't care to involve myself even on the "thinking about" level with this boy's family and his money. I've got enough to think about on my own.

718 days ago


Good for you Phil! Your money is exactly that...YOUR money. Don't give in to those who think you owe them anything. If you gave them a dollar, they'd want 10 more. Be happy you learned this about your 'family'.

718 days ago


It seems to me he won a recording contract, but in order to get real cash, he has to make the album and sell it! He got off to a rocky start, pardon that pun, when he had all those kidney problems, including several surgeries. They should have timed their whining better if they wanted to shame him. He did not put them into debt, they did. And it wasn't just about the travel that did it. They need to leave him alone and let him make some money before they reach out to TMZ to fleece their son.

718 days ago


We never know what goes on behind closed doors. I hope things work out with this family.

718 days ago


So we expect more out of Hollywood than Washington. We have a President whose brother lives in a freakin shack in Africa.

718 days ago


1. Not cool to dump that on your kid/cousin/whatever.
2. The fact they think because he won AI that he's now filthy rich or even rich enough to give them 200K is ludicrousness & probably why he hasn't called back because by now I'm sure he's found out like so many others that a record deal & appearing on TV is virtually WORTHLESS until you hit the big big time, like 5 million records sold or able to create a brand that sells merchandise & get's you endorsement deals. After these TV types are done being flown around the country for appearances they literally end up with regular joe money, literally unless they were able to do the above mentioned. Most of these kids end up back at home BROKE & embarrassed - just ask OTown or any group that Diddy put together for his shows. Ask Rueben Studdard..

718 days ago


I hear he has been very busy taking it up the ass from Ryan Seacrest. How else could this little douche have won?

718 days ago


You have to wonder what would make this family go public with this story? By doing this you are hurting yourself and your son and any hope of the future with him. Yes the family did spend money helping him to win but there was no contract to pay back . That is up to Phil and his decision to not assist them. On the other hand there has to be more to this story, for example is this the first time they have asked or are they looking for the golden egg. If Philip is smart he will not respond and let this story die. If he on the other hand he is ignoring his parents plea for help then he will in the future regret it. I can still remember, on idol, the store and how proud they all were of Philip and how he worked there. Something is out of kilter.

718 days ago


Wow, none of the parents in our family, immediate and extended family, would ever expect their adult children to pay their bills.

718 days ago


I call horse**** on this story! here's a link to a story in the international business times from May 24th showing the Parents were trying to sell the store back then for 200k. The story also says dad had been contemplating selling for quite some time.

718 days ago

buzz kill    

I hope when the selfish SOB's career tanks and he ends up broke and out of friends his parents remember what a loving, generous son they raised.

718 days ago


OH YAH Parents, He can't force you to do anything.

718 days ago


Parents, your child does not owe you for his birth or raising him. He is not responsible for saving your business. Stop expecting him to bail you out of your bad decisions and financial dealings. It would be a waste of his money to bail you out because down the line the business is going to fail anyways. You need to stop thinking about lining your pockets with his hard earned cash. Just like greedy people, they all come out of the wood work when they know someone has come into money with their had out.

718 days ago


I was wondering how long it would take for the greed to hit full force. It was pretty obvious during the idol season that Dad P was hanging onto Jr's coat tail and
soaking up his 15 minutes of fame, pluse some. It was predictable that it was going to be share the glory, share the $. These people were hanging on in spite of Phil's wishes during the show. Phil just wanted to be left alone, as far as I could see. Shame on them for using him. And NO, TMZ, you don't have the entire story, not the truth anyway.

718 days ago


We do not know all of the details and cir***stances surrounding the "alleged" blowing off. That being said, parents should be held completely accountable for their own actions - financially supporting Philip's win on AI, or not, and are not entitled to ANYTHING but the joy of seeing their son win. This whole feeling of "entitlement" HAS TO STOP...parents, pay attention, and teach your kids to WORK for their dreams. Don't have the expectation of being "paid back" if you provide them needed support - how rotten!

718 days ago
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