'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Talks New Music, Wedding Anniversary and 'Walking Dead' Obsession

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Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips has plenty to smile about. The American Idol Season 11 winner and his wife Hannah recently celebrated a milestone.

"Married life is good," he tells Billboard. "We just celebrated our one year [wedding anniversary] last week and she still likes me. She hasn't kicked me out yet."

Phillips was in New York Tuesday night (Nov. 1) to perform the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. The show featured appearances by Jon Stewart,Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K.and Bruce Springsteen.

Phillips has more good news: new music is on the horizon, as the Georgia native plans to release his third studio record in 2017.

"We finished the new album, and I'm hoping to have it out by next year," he says. "[We recorded] some really cool stuff." The as-yet untitled LP will be the followup to 2014's Behind The Light

In the meantime, Phillips has some time to enjoy his Sunday night ritual watching The Walking Dead. The singer is a huge fan of the show, and was just as shocked as everyone else when favorite characters Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) met their demise at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

"I couldn't sit still," he says. "I guessed it was Abraham, so I knew that was happening, but the Glenn thing threw me off."

The singer praised Morgan as "incredible," despite the brutal nature of his character.

"He's going to be awesome," he says. "I'm excited to see this new episode this weekend with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and see what is going on with him."