Britney Spears’ “I Will Still Love You” Duet Partner Comes Out To Her On ‘The X Factor’

When you’ve worked in the music industry since you were a kid, you’re bound to run across a few familiar faces who didn’t quite have the good luck Britney Spears did in becoming a teen idol, and now, a full-fledged pop icon. Singing competitions love trotting out blasts from the judges’ pasts, and Brit was the latest target of such a stunt when she came face-to-face with Don Phillips, who was featured on the …Baby One More Time track “I Will Still Love You.”

It turns out the ever-lasting love professed by Britney and Don on the track was never in the cards, since Don took the opportunity of an X Factor audition in San Francisco to tell Britney that he’s gay. “At the time I didn’t think I was worthy,” he said, according to People. “I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.”

“I think it’s fine that you are gay,” Britney replied. But the reunion didn’t end on too happy a note — Phillips’ audition apparently left something to be desired, and Britney had to critique him and tell him he wasn’t right for The X Factor. (A decade after appearing on a monstrously successful Britney Spears album, the guy is rejected by her on a TV singing competition? Yikes! Brutal.)

The silver lining to this story, at least, is that it does make Britney seem all the more capable of competently serving as a judge. According to 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.”

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  • So transparent Britney

    Clearly her family, boyfriend and the media are trying to manufacture a happy ending Cinderella story for Britney. Britney was totally prepared and rehearsed for this contestant. They’re trying to make her look like the tough and confident judge so America forgets about her past and thinks: “Awww. Britney has come so far!” The most blatent manufacturing came from Jamie Lynn Spears’ convieniantely timed “I Look Up To You” song about Britney. I was expecting Jamie Lynn to hold up a “watch X Factor” sign at the end of the song. Even Britney’s boyfriend Jason Trawick is in on it. He’s uploading videos on Viddy to fool America into thinking Britney is comedic and spontaneous. Nevermind that she had no personality for the past 5 years and could barely get through an interview..

  • dan

    Give the girl a break. What business of yours is it anyway if she is still in a bad place? She has every right to put on different persona to the public, why do the public feel they have a right to know if someone is depressed or suffering from a mental illness? Its none of your business.