Phillip Phillips: Home from the Hospital

Posted Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:01 PM GMT

He’s had quite a year- on one hand he’s the reigning American Idol champion, but on the other he’s been sacked with kidney stone issues - and Phillip Phillips is finally on the road to normalcy.

The 21-year-old singer was released from a California hospital four days after undergoing kidney surgery, and he’s feeling optimistic about his budding music career.

An on-the-mend Phillips told press, "I'm out of the hospital and back to work! Looking forward to the future… If I can sing with all those kidney stones in me, I can make the first date [of the American Idol tour]."

Meanwhile, an insider explained that Phillip’s AI win was nothing short of miraculous. "He [was] in a lot of pain constantly, but he'd hate anyone to feel sorry for him, and never wanted to be popular because of it. He's amazing."

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