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Why Did Britney Spears Cry at an ‘X Factor’ Audition?

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We know that rumors of walk-offs and ADHD have been circulating around our Queen Britney Spears on the set of ‘X Factor,’ but the latest story involves someone making our girl cry. At first we were worried someone upset Brit, but when we heard it was an emotionally-charged audition and not someone being mean to Ms. Spears, we were okay.

At the San Francisco auditions of ‘X Factor,’ a familiar male face showed up on stage, causing Britney to glow with excitement. “You could see that Britney recognized him straight away,” said a source to PEOPLE. ”She got this huge smile on her face and her eyes lit up. It was so sweet.”

“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.”

Watch of video of Philip’s audition below, courtesy of X17.

Watch Part of Don Philip’s Audition

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