AI winner Phillip Phillips' family to close shop
MANILA, Philippines - Entertainment news website TMZ has just published an exclusive on American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips that might cost him a lot of his adoring fans: his refusal to help his fiamily financially is forcing them to sell the family pawn shop.
According to the report, Phil left his family "high and dry after winning American Idol."
They have reportedly reached out to the young singer for financial help after he hit it big upon winning the reality talent show but Phil has "blown them off."
Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn has been the family business for 24 years.
It will go on public auction on December 1. TMZ says they were told that Phil's dad, Phillips Sr., will use the profits to pay for the family's mounting debt.
Although it was not specified in the report as the cause of the family's debt, TMZ sources said that the Phillips family "spent a ton of money on travel expenses" when Phil was still competing in AI.
TMZ has tried to get in touch with Phil but their calls were not returned.
Hurt by his son's silence on the matter, Phillips Sr. reportedly hopes to raise US$200,000-250,000 from the auction.