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AP: How's your health? (Phillips had major kidney surgery when he won "Idol" this year.)
Phillips: I'm doing great. I'm tired, but staying busy. This reminds me, I have to get a doctor's checkup.
AP: You were so low-key about your health issues while on the show. Was that intentional?
Phillips: I didn't want people to feel sorry for me or anything on the show or vote for me for sympathy or anything like that, so I tried to keep it on the DL as much as I could, but the show likes that kind of stuff and they said, "We're gonna put it (out)," and I can't really say no because I signed some papers that they could show just about what they wanted to. So, yeah, I tried to keep it as low-key as possible.
AP: Do you find a lot of people came out of the woodwork after seeing you on "Idol"?
Phillips: People that were saying they were cousins and good friends with my friend's friend whose friend of another friend and my grandma's sister's other half-sister's baby's child. I'm like, "Nice to meet you finally."
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