Phillip Phillips is revealing the details of his year-long struggle with a kidney disorder. The American Idol winner recently spoke out about the silent battle he was fighting behind the scenes of the reality show.

Phillips was diagnosed with two large kidney stones last year, sending him through seven surgeries and months of excruciating pain. Most recently, he underwent a five-hour procedure which he said should “fix” him completely.

“I’m doing a lot better than I was on the show, even though the surgery was pretty long,” he told People. “I’m regaining all my energy, recovering, resting…taking it easy as much as I can.”

After coping with the painful condition throughout his Idol journey, Phillips added that since his June 7 surgery he’s been able to play guitar and write music again.

“My life has changed so much. I’m not used to all the attention. It’s really crazy,” said Phillips. “I’m excited to see what the future holds”

Next up for the season 11 winner is his first post-Idol performance on the Fourth of July at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  

Shortly after, Phillips is hitting the road with his fellow top nine contestants for the American Idol Tour. The tour kicks off on July 6 in Detroit and continues throughout the summer.

Check out a full list of dates below:

7/6   Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena

7/7   Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

7/9   Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

7/11 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

7/12  Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

7/14  Broomfield, CO – 1stBank Center

7/16  West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center

7/18  Seattle, WA – Key Arena at Seattle Center

7/19  Portland, OR – Rose Garden

7/21  Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion

7/22  San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose

7/23  Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

7/25  Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena

7/26  San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

7/27  Glendale, AZ – Arena

7/29  Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

7/30  Lafayette, LA – Cajundome

7/31  Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum

8/2    Orlando, FL – Amway Center

8/3    Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center

8/5    Duluth, GA – Arena at Gwinnett Center

8/6    N. Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum

8/8    Washington, DC – Verizon Center

8/9    Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Center

8/11  Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

8/12  Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

8/14  Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center 

8/15  Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena

8/16  Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

8/18  Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena

8/19  Worcester, MA – DCU Center

8/21  Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

8/22  Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum

8/25  Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center

8/26  Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center 

8/28  Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

8/30  Albany, NY – Times Union Center

9/1    Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard

9/2    Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

9/4    Syracuse, NY – War Memorial at OnCenter

9/6    Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

9/7    Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall

9/8    Reading, PA – Sovereign Center

9/10  Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena

9/11  Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center

Nee-Sa Lossing, CBS Local


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