Anyone who STILL has any reservations about Britney Spears' ability as a judge on X Factor can SIT DOWN, because after this INSANE situation, we can safely assert that she is back, and as confident and genuine as ever!
During yesterday's audition round in San Francisco, the pop star was treated to a jarring blast from the past when Don Phillips, who was featured on the duet I Will Still Love You from her debut album …Baby One More Time, took to the stage as a contestant, and the reunion turned emotional when he used the opportunity to come out to her as a gay man!
A source explains:
"You could see that Britney recognized him straight away. She got this huge smile on her face and her eyes lit up. It was so sweet. 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. She's been through a lot in those 10 years, too, so it must have been a shock for her to see him. You could tell she was emotional and she really felt for him especially when he was crying, but she also stayed calm. She handled it unbelievably well and really stepped up to the situation. 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."
Unfortunately, however, for Don, by all accounts his audition didn't go too well, and even while telling him he wouldn't be a good fit for the show, our Brit STILL managed to stay composed, articulate, and direct without being cruel!
Yeesh! That sounds seriously INTENSE!
And in such a public forum!
We don't think many could have handled that kind of situation well, so the fact that she did so with such grace and poise is a HUGE indicator that this could be a much better fit for her than anyone could have anticipated!
Well done, gurl!
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