Phillip Phillips Leaves Hospital After Kidney Surgery

Celebrity News Jun. 12, 2012 AT 9:45AM
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Phillip Phillips is officially on the mend.

Four days after undergoing surgery to address serious kidney problems, American Idol's 11th season champ has been released from a California hospital. "I'm out of the hospital and back to work!" the Georgia-born crooner, 21, told E! News late Monday. "Looking forward to the future."

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Born with only one functioning kidney, Phillips largely hid his medical issues from the public during his time on the FOX reality hit. "He [was] in a lot of pain constantly, " a source told Us Weekly after Phillips' win, "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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TMZ reports that Phillips will recuperate at a Malibu, Calif., mansion owned by one of Idol's execs before embarking on the show's summer concert tour, which kicks off July 6 in Detroit.

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"If I can sing with all those kidney stones in me, I can make the first date," Phillips told TMZ.

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