05/25/2012 11:36 am ET

Phillip Phillips Kidney Surgery: Singer Refused Doctor's Orders Until He Won "American Idol"

"American Idol" winner Philip Phillips endured severe kidney stones throughout his time on the show, refusing to get kidney surgery until he triumphed.

“I’ve been sick this whole show,” Phillips told Kelly Ripa after calling into "Live! With Kelly" on Thursday morning. “I’m trying to get all my work done, to recover.”

He is expected to undergo the procedure in the next two weeks with his parents at his side, reports TMZ.com.

“I’ll be having [surgery] here soon," Phillips told Ripa. "I’m getting prepared for all that. I’m ready to feel better, feel like myself.”


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His father, Phillip Phillips Sr. told Radar Online that "it's been a long hard struggle" for his son.

"I'm so proud of him. He just sucked it up and endured and he overcomes."

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