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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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Todd    

What a turd !

694 days ago
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roll3567    

without knowing this guys family situation its hard to judge him, but it sure makes him look bad. if he actually gets famous enough, he will learn, that sometimes its just better to pay people to go away.

694 days ago
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DocRoc    

U only get a $100K recording contract for winning Idol. After taxes that's not a ton of money to live off of. Even though "Home" was a pretty big hit, he probably only gets pennies for singing it. He didn't write / produce it (that's where you make money. And he's right, it's nobody's business what's going on with his family. Peace

694 days ago
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janja    

He's not rich, he couldn't help if he wanted to. people think just because you win on that show your rich. Everyone takes their share, before you get anything.

694 days ago
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Seriously    

It's non of our business tmz

694 days ago
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Reader    

Way to go Phillip!! We know you love your family. That's why you were so happy to spend a few days together with your parents, sisters, and brothers-in-law. Your fans support you 110%.
Tmz, you are in a dirty business. How do you sleep at night? Phillip is all about music, and his family is not your business, tmz. Phillip is a genuinely nice person, and he loves his family.

694 days ago
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Michael    

Smart man. He will be criticized for whatever he says anyway. It is often best to keep your celebrity about business only.

694 days ago
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jeezlouise    

Ve even for TMZ to call the kid out about his family. Maybe they are money squanderers that will not stop spending money. Maybe there is a drug problem- maybe he is a guy that made it and everyone wants some...Leave the kid alone and ask him about his new c.d. a$$holes.

694 days ago
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Lekili    

Did your parents support to so you could chase your dreams, if the answer is YES, you need to help them out and not be so selfish.

694 days ago
10.

John    

I wouldn't help them either.... if they are 200k+ behind then they need to deal with it themselves.. no point in giving them money so they can mismanage it all over again

694 days ago
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buzz kill    

There was a time in this country when family's relied on each other and not the government. Maybe if that were true today the country wouldn't be so screwed up.

694 days ago
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MADE MAN    

**** that!!! No matter what the situation is family should always come 1st bc money comes and goes so does ur reputation but family is forever!!! God forbid he's caught up in bs like most entertainers today and his career is cut short bc who is he going to fall back on. Make the money don't let it make you

694 days ago
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Reader    

Btw, Phillip's new single "Where We Came From" came out today, and it is great!

694 days ago
14.

Joey    

Back Off TMZ leave the guy alone. Haven't you been paid by Mama Ho Karttrashian this week

694 days ago
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Jordan    

Maybe Philip just does not have the money himself to bail out his family and he is affraid to admitt it.

694 days ago
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