Last night on "The X Factor's" season two premiere, new judge Britney Spears received a blast from her past in the form of an old duet partner named Don Philip who appeared on the track "I Will Still Love You" from her first album "…Baby One More Time" in 1999.
Needless to say, Philip's surprise appearance was shocking and tense as the singer-turned vocal coach explained that he had fallen on tough times since singing with Spears on the track and broke down into tears during his audition.
"It's always been a battle to do music for me," the 32-year-old said. "Years ago I did a duet with Britney Spears…it was just the most amazing thing. At that time I wasn't really ready to make it in music, but I gave it my best and it wasn't enough [and] I couldn't see any possible way out of it other than to stop."
Check out their duet:
He also said backstage, "It's so weird that now here I am about to step in front of Britney Spears. I haven't seen Britney in so long and I don't know what the heck I am going to say. It's scary and I hope that she likes me. I want her to know that I appreciate her and everything she did for me, but I'm tired of hearing 'Don Philip, the guy who did a duet with Britney Spears.' I want to be Don Philip and I think it's time."
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After Philip's strained rendition of Beyoncé's "Halo," judge Simon Cowell tells him, "You don't have a good singing voice, honestly," and Spears tries to be gentle in letting him down, saying, "I feel like through the years maybe you've gone through a lot of hardships and battles, but your voice really isn't up to the bar of the standards of 'The X Factor' and what we want."
What you didn't see during the broadcast last night was that Philip also came out to Spears during the audition, reportedly saying, "I'm gay. At the time I didn't think I was worth ... I didn't think you thought it was OK that I am gay."
According to reports, Spears said in response, "I think it is fine you are gay," and tried to comfort Philip as best she could.
After the audition, Philip took to his Facebook page and wrote, "Now this is what i have to say about Britney Spears and I now know this to be true..--Britney didn't care about me being gay---she is the least judgmental person I know-she accepts folks that accept and embrace themselves and their differences!! I will still love you Britney for always.. and now to focus on the job at hand to build that house in Manila for Brother Joe Dean..and the CHILDREN..."
MTV reports that Philip is a Miami, Florida-native and began his attempt at a musical career around the same time as artists like Christina Aguilera, 'NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys and Spears. In the past, he has also acted as a back-up singer for Gloria Estefan and toured with Spears during the early stages of her career.
Check out Philip opening for Spears on tour in the clip featured below.