Don Philip Breaks Down During Audition

Britney Spears got emotional when she was reunited with former duet partner and tour mate Don Philip. Did he make it past his audition? The shocking answer.

Britney Spears reunited with Don Philip

Don Philip was on his way up in the music world in 1999 — he had a recording contract with Jive Records and recorded the duet "I Will Still Love You" with Britney Spears. And then he let it all fall apart.

Fast forward to 2012: Spears is a judge on The X Factor and Philip is trying to crawl his way back into the music industry via the show. He was visibly nervous before taking the stage — and it only got worse once his old friend recognized him.

"Where have you been?" judge Simon Cowell asked. It turns out Philip went through some emotional problems over the past few years.

"The secret I have is that I'm gay — and it's the answer to everything," he told the judges. "It's what’s held me back!"

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We were expecting a triumphant return to the stage for Philip, but — spoiler alert! — he was awful.

"It seems like you might have been through a lot in the last few years. But your voice isn't up to the level of The X Factor," Spears reluctantly told him. He was heartbroken when all four judges — including Spears — told him no. He broke down backstage, saying he had disappointed Spears.

Uh, no — he disappointed himself. He has talent, judging from his recording with Brit Brit, but the weight of the moment ruined it.

"I just had this 'Aha! moment' — I had nothing left," he told RumorFix after his botched audition in June.

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"I've never been able to give an answer until now," he said of his troubled past. "It may sound like a small reason, but it's a big f*****g reason — being gay and scared. The scared part never leaves."

He's at peace with everything now.

"I feel good. I feel free."

Listen to Britney Spears' "I Will Still Love You," featuring Don Philip

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Comments on "Britney Spears has a tearful reunion on The X Factor"

Sita September 13, 2012 | 12:23 PM

It reminded me of Chris Crocker with the "Leave Britney Alone!" video. Kinda strange that he was so worried that he "hurt" Britney. The man needs some help.

Tina September 13, 2012 | 11:07 AM

@Kara I have to could tell something wasn't quite right with him..and it didn't help that they humiliated him on TV. Hopefully he gets the help he needs.

Kara Goldin September 13, 2012 | 10:14 AM

I thought that the whole airing of that segment was in such poor taste. Its obvious that the guy is unstable. Obvious that he did something to his vocal cords. Possible drug addiction? Airing an embarrassing segment like that for this poor soul could cause a real setback for him or possibly worse. Shame on the X Factor for trying to use him to their advantage. It made me really question the integrity of the whole program.

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