It’s been nearly three months since Phillip Phillips scooped the title of American Idol, but the frugal crooner has yet to go on a spending spree.
“All I’ve gotten is a Mac [computer], so far,” the singer told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover in New York on Thursday. “I usually save money. I’m not a big spender. It’s either gonna be on food or something.”
Phillip’s “American Idol” song, “Home,” became a hit again thanks to NBC using it during the network’s Summer Olympics coverage, and the artist was happy to see his song climb back up the charts – from the 80s to No. 1 at one point, during the games.
“It gave it another life and I’m so thankful that they wanted to use it and it’s such an honor,” he said.
But, Phillip hasn’t seen a financial windfall from the cut to date.
“I haven’t seen any of it yet,” he laughed.
Phillip is currently on the “American Idol Live!” tour, and he told Billy and Kit he is trying to really indulge in his downtime when he can, to continue his recovery from kidney surgery, which he underwent in June.
“It’s going really well, man,” he said. “I’m just taking it easy and taking it slow when I can and just getting better each day and having fun on tour.”
He also, once again, credited his long term girlfriend (a nursing student) for continuing to keep him on a path to getting well.
“She’s a sweetheart. She watches after me,” he said.
-- Jolie Lash