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American Idol

Phillip Phillips’ Battle With Kidney Problems Has Been Much Worse Than He Let On: Report

Though we’ve heard a lot of troubling news about American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips ongoing painful kidney problems, a bit of new information now indicates that things were and are even worse for poor Phillip than he previously let on.

According to Us Magazine, a source close to the show has explained that Phillip kept his struggles as much under the radar as possible all season to avoid viewers feeling sorry for him or jettisoning his popularity on the basis of his ailments. Now that the show’s over, it’s come out that the poor fella had another thing working against him: He was born with only one functioning kidney. As if it weren’t bad enough to have one of two useful organs in jeopardy, P2’s been grappling with the deterioration of his only kidney!

His nursing student girlfriend Hannah Blackman was reportedly able to help guide him through via telephone when things were tough during the competition.

Can you say champ? We just hope he gets the medical attention he needs and makes a full, speedy recovery soon!

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05.25.2012 / 10:32 PM EDT by Amanda Bell
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