Last night he was crowned the next “American Idol”, but for Phillip Phillips the victory is a bittersweet one as his health has continued to decline.
So much so, that last night the 21-year-old, who is battling kidney problems, had to sit down during all his interviews because he didn’t have the strength to stand.
This morning he called in to Live! with Kelly and explained that he wouldn’t be able to appear on the show next week because he needs to have surgery.
“I’ve been sick this whole show,” Phillips explained. “I’m trying to get all my work done, to recover.”
He added, “It’s been tough. I’ve had a lot of great people around me, great doctors. That helps out a lot.”
When Ripa asked him about upcoming surgery, he revealed: “Yes, I’ll be having it here soon. I’m getting prepared for all that. I’m ready to feel better, feel like myself.”