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Phillip Phillips

I LOVE MY FAMILY

But ...

11/6/2012 6:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phillip Phillips might consider a career in boxing ... 'cause when we asked about the rift in his family yesterday, the "American Idol" champ bobbed and weaved like he was Mike friggin' Tyson.

Phillips had just arrived at LAX yesterday when we asked him why he's refusing to help out his financially-struggling family ... which has been forced to sell the family pawn shop. 

Phillips couldn't have been nicer when we asked the question ... but did everything he could to deflect.

For example -- "I have no comment ... but my album's coming out soon."

Ultimately, Phillip told us he loves his family, but wouldn't get into details about the situation on the home front.

But seriously ... INCREDIBLE deflection job.

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46.

thebigalphamale    

If I got rich and famous I wouldnt give my family a dime to help their struggling business either... if its struggling already, what makes people think throwing money at it will help it all the sudden become successful. FAMILY AND MONEY/BUSINESS DO NOT MIX WELL....

I would however help them make a few rent payments or let them live with me for some time or fill their pantry with food...etc... help them get back on their feet...

SMART MOVE PHILLIP PHILLIPS.... many a famous and rich athlete has gone bankrupt mixing money/business with family...

663 days ago
47.

ToxxicKissez    

I wouldn't want to help my family either if they went crying to TMZ over personal family issues.

663 days ago
48.

VICKI    

HIS FAMILY IS TRYING TO GAIN FROM HIS SUCCESS. THEY HAVE A BUSINESS. IF IT'S NOT WORKING, IT'S NOT HIS FAULT. WHY SHOULD HE BAIL THEM OUT. THEY FAILED HE DIDN;T.
I FOUND OUT HE HAD TO BORROW BEG, TO GET WHERE HE IS WITHOUT HIS FAMILYS HELP.
THEY WENT TO HIS FINALS TO GET ATTENTION AND TRY TO GET PAID TO GO ON TV TO SAY HOW MUCH THEY HELPED HIM, WHEN IN FACT THEY DISCOURGED HIM AND WANTED HIM TO CONTINUE WORKING IN THEIR FAILING BUSINESS. DISGUSTING

663 days ago
49.

Josh    

You Just Lost all your "FAME"

663 days ago
50.

Diane    

Phillip Phillips is the new American Idol! The bluesy Phillips was crowned the new American Idol on Wednesday, May 23, after beating out Jessica Sanchez in record viewer voting. He is the fifth male Idol winner in a row.

According to TMZ, Phil's dad Donnie has been mulling over the idea of selling the Albany, GA pawn shop, for quite a while. But now that Phillip has the American Idol crown, along with the ability to make serious money, his father is pretty decided on selling the shop, according to the report.
.According to TMZ, Phil's dad Donnie has been mulling over the idea of selling the Albany, GA pawn shop, for quite a while.
this is old news-I don't believe he is deserting his family-it's probably being auctioned off because they couldn't sell it

663 days ago
51.

Repeter    

Smart guy.

Personal family business should be kept private.

Only idiots forecast their personal business & think the public has a need to know.

663 days ago
52.

kitnplayn    

Seriously, you have some nerve demanding to be informed about anyone's personal family issues. You are so arrogant that you can't even see what an ass you are, Harvey Homo. The saddest thing about TMZ is that Harvey Homo is trying to keep his youth by surrounding himself with young boys, and unfortunately, they are going to learn how to be arrogant too.

663 days ago
53.

5Louie    

He's toooo big now to hang with the family. He's much better off taking advice from Ryan & the gang of thieves who took all his money to begin With yea trust hollywood as long as he can be whored OUT!!

661 days ago
54.

KC    

TMZ are vultures. Zero journalistic credibility. They are paid bullies and this subject is none of their business nor ours.

661 days ago
55.

Peps    

Maybe now that Phil is making money and doesn't help out his folks...he can help the Girlfriend get a tweek on her oversized nose

649 days ago
56.

lavwv    

Wow...TMZ...you can be pretty slimy. Did you see where Phillip gave his family his new car that he won on A.I? AND the article that states that the family PLANNED to sell the shop before Phillip won A.I and how his fame is going to help them score a bigger dollar on it? How rich do you think he is at this point in his career? He is not in the position to fork over that kind of dough yet. Maybe in a year or two but he just released his album less than a month ago and he has no ownership in the song home...he just promoted it for the writers. Give the kid a break....do you think he'd be visiting the family if there is a huge rift amongst them? You just can't leave even the nicest, most down to earth guy alone...very sad indeed! Phillip showed class and grace in this interview....not surprising at all because he IS a class act!

629 days ago
57.

carole    

Good for Phil Phillips. He is a very smart young man. He knows his family dynamics better than any outsider. He is not going to be an enabler. Sounds all good to me...The family wasn't the one who suffered singing on stage in terrific physical pain and still won. His family with their many problems that he can't help them with will have to dig down deep and find some of his fortitude. Sounds like Re-Hab wouldn't hurt any of them...

563 days ago
58.

soapstix    

Did anyone knoe if Phillip even has insurance to pay his hospital bills. Does TMZ know? Do they think the surgerys were free?

465 days ago
59.

soapstix    

testing

465 days ago
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