At Sunday’s auditions in San Fransisco, Britney encountered a familiar face that left her teary eyed.
It was Don Phillip, who sang with Britney on “I Will Still Love You” from the Baby One More Time album.
“You could see that Britney recognized him straight away,” a source tells People. “She got this huge smile on her face and her eyes lit up. It was so sweet.”
“I know him,” Britney whispered to the other judges. “We did a duet together 10 years ago.”
Philip told the audience, “I’m gay,” and the audience got emotionally charged.
“At the time I didn’t think I was worthy,” he told Britney. “I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.”
Britney was nothing but supportive. “I think it is fine you are gay,” she said.
“When he started crying and saying he thought he’d never see her again and that he’d had a lot to deal with, Britney was comforting him to calm him,” the source says.
But during his audition, Britney was visibly shaken.
“She’s been through a lot in those 10 years, too, so it must have been a shock for her to see him,” the source says. “You could tell she was emotional and she really felt for him especially when he was crying, but she also stayed calm.”
Britney kept cool, giving him a sound critique. “She handled it unbelievably well and really stepped up to the situation,” says 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.”
Philip posted on Facebook:
Tonight i might have sealed my music career fate according to a certain music mogul. I tryed to just be real and instead it totally got turned around on me. . Perhaps this was not the place for me to reveal my very soul and obstacles of my past. Certainly not the place for a reunion … I promise I only had good intentions in mind.. There is one problem my good intentioned comments and revelation were refereed by two pompass arrogant men. My voice froze i started to sing when I was told to but I could not recover from what felt like a really ******** interogation. I guess I am not as tough skinned as I thought….Wait it gets worse.. when I looked into the very eyes of my old label mate and saw she to was sad.I knew the whole situation was spinning out of control.. my heart broke.. I am numb