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Britney Spears 'Shaken' as Former Duet Partner Comes Out as Gay at 'X-Factor' Auditions: VIDEO

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Britney Spears was confronted by a blast from the past at auditions for X-Factor this week, Popcrush reports:

“I know him. We did a duet together 10 years ago,” said Spears to her fellow judges of  the contestant. So we did some serious journalistic digging and found out the contestant was none other than Don Philip, who recorded the duet  ’I Will Still Love You‘ that appeared on her debut album ‘…Baby One More Time.’ For the record, the song that kicks major butt…

Anyway, the audition took an emotional turn when Philip started to cry and told the judges that he’s gay. ”At the time I didn’t think I was worthy,” he said to Spears. “I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.” But our girl showed nothing but support, explaining that she thought it was “fine” that he was gay.

We imagine Philip made Brit a little uncomfortable during this exchange, though, considering a source said she was visibly shaken during his audition.

“She handled it unbelievably well and really stepped up to the situation,” said the source. “It was probably the most personal and emotional situation for her that’s happened so far on ‘X Factor,’ and she took it totally in stride in front of a live audience of thousands.”

View part of the audition (spoilery), AFTER THE JUMP....

MTV News adds:

Philip, a Miami, Florida, native who tried to ride the same late 90's teen pop wave that made superstars out of Spears, Christina Aguilera, 'NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, has spent the time since the duet grinding away at a music career that never reached the heights of his former singing partner. The one-time Jive Records star-in-the-making has sung back-up for Gloria Estefan and toured with Spears early in her career, and like "The Voice" singer Tony Lucca
 and Aguilera, maybe he was hoping that a reunion with his former pop pal would provide the boost he's been looking for.

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  1. wow. Britney Spears learned there are gay people in show business. And wow--she handled it well even tho' she was "shaken." Wow. What a wonderful person she must be.

    What the fknhl is wrong with you people?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2012 8:51:08 AM


  2. ohwow britney spears is my hero. she's just wonderful and she supported g w bush when he was "president' because she was sure he knew what he was doing and wow she's so great i wish i had her autograph and now she makes me feel that it's okay for me to be gay wow i am so happy now so relieved i don't know what i would have done

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2012 8:53:40 AM


  3. Hmm Seems that Danny here will believe just about anything put in front of him on the internet, and then counter with some kind of baseless outrage. Yawn.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Jun 19, 2012 8:59:57 AM


  4. Isn't it kind of sad for someone in the business for years to audition for an amateur contest? And what does him being gay have to do with anything? These shows are bizarre.

    Posted by: Hertz | Jun 19, 2012 9:16:11 AM


  5. @Dannyeastvillage is right. Who the hell need validation from Britney Spears? Plus, I'm sure she's been involved in plenty of other things that have left her "visibly shaken." Like her career.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 19, 2012 9:17:01 AM


  6. Anyone who has followed Britney's career knows she is very pro-gay. She guest starred as a lesbian on Will and Grace once, for goodness sakes.

    I read this dude's facebook postings. He has a few screws loose. He went from raging at Britney and X-Factor for turning him down to begging for another chance.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 19, 2012 9:18:43 AM


  7. Did I get the wrong clip? This showed no emotional exchange between Britney and this guy about his coming out.

    Posted by: Xavier | Jun 19, 2012 9:24:54 AM


  8. "Your singing just isn't up to our standards on The X Factor" - Britney Spears

    I still can't over the fact the Britney Spears is judging a SINGING COMPETITION.

    Posted by: Lucas | Jun 19, 2012 9:25:38 AM


  9. Wow, that's dry. Britney tells him that his voice has gotten worse since they last worked together, and that he's not what they're looking for on X-Factor.

    At least we know she's doing her X-Factor job and that she's doing it honestly / well, which is precisely what Simon wanted.

    Posted by: The News-Breaker | Jun 19, 2012 9:33:30 AM


  10. What bizarro world is this where Brittany Spears criticizes peoples singing voices.

    hilarious.

    Posted by: Chad | Jun 19, 2012 9:56:03 AM


  11. Hertz asks : "Isn't it kind of sad for someone in the business for years to audition for an amateur contest?"

    The X Factor (or American Idol or The Voice) is NOT an amateur singing competition.

    The public may vote for the winner but the contestants are all being micro-managed to within an inch of their lives by the producers.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 19, 2012 10:08:32 AM


  12. @Jack M, why would her career leave her shaken? 100 million albums sold and I could sit here all day and list her successes.. Keep hatin on Britney y'all haters :) LOVE BRITNEY!

    Posted by: Lucas | Jun 19, 2012 10:40:51 AM


  13. Hey, Lucas, McDonald's sells a lot of hamburgers. Doesn't make 'em good. Like Spears, empty calories.

    Posted by: CVP | Jun 19, 2012 12:45:08 PM


  14. um.. didn't she just diss him? I heard something like "you've been dealing with alot of things over the last ten years but not working on your voice.. .you're not what we're looking for on XFactor"

    snap snap snap. burn. sting. da-ang.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Jun 19, 2012 1:23:16 PM


  15. Manufactured situation is manufactured. This was pathetically planned.

    Posted by: unruly | Jun 19, 2012 1:23:16 PM


  16. If anyone is qualified to judge who has the XFactor, it's Britney, she has it in spades, lot's of people can sing but not everyone has it. She's worth every penny of the 15 million she's getting for the season.

    Posted by: Slyvia Plath | Jun 19, 2012 4:36:11 PM


  17. So it's the contestant that comes out, yet it's Britney Spears' who was "shaken"? Wow, talk about someone who makes it all about them even when it's not.

    Posted by: Sick of her | Jun 19, 2012 4:41:05 PM


  18. Paula can't sing either.

    B.S. has these initials for a reason. Her music (to me) is no better than a steaming pile that a cow deposits. Utter crap. And yet here she is, a music star. Clearly good singing is not really a good barometer for a career, which is why these shows are so stupid and kinda moronic in an ironic sort of way.

    Posted by: dms | Jun 19, 2012 5:45:39 PM


  19. DMS, I totally agree with you. And this bytch has the nerve to say this guy hasn't been working on HIS voice??? LMAO! This is the same bytch who turns the AutoTune up to the max on her "songs" and lipsyncs on stage (because she can't sing in the first place). I don't know how these contestants can take her seriously.

    Posted by: Old Ho | Jun 19, 2012 6:27:18 PM


  20. Lets talk about this, Britney Spears is crazy and I don't think she even knows what is going on! She always seems like she is in a far off land!

    Posted by: Marky | Jun 19, 2012 7:41:45 PM


  21. and he probably thought we would have an instant in with this story and she shot him down completely LOL!

    Posted by: Marky | Jun 19, 2012 7:44:46 PM


  22. Britney visited a lower east side gay bar: The Boiler Room, and others and danced her booty off years ago.

    This is not a "shocker" story.

    Posted by: [email protected] | Jun 19, 2012 10:58:33 PM


  23. Why is Britney allowed to judge if people can sing or not when she clearly can't?? With the exception of hearing her natural voice live as a child on old video clips, she is all about Auto-Tune and with good reason. I can think of thousands of legit, professionally trained singers who should be judges on that show instead of her.

    Posted by: anthonyj | Jun 20, 2012 12:48:24 AM


  24. Can I just say that it's ballsy to say that he was too "busy with his hardships" to work on his voice...How harsh is that?! Anyone?!

    Posted by: adam | Jun 20, 2012 1:16:17 AM


  25. Right on, Britney!

    Posted by: River | Jun 20, 2012 3:11:09 AM


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