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

Jun 18th, 2012 // 2 Comments
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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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  1. So transparent Britney

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  2. 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.

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