Fan-shot video of Don Philip's actual (and awkward) coming out speech on The X-Factor stage has hit the Internet, showing L.A. Reid kind of shoehorning the coming out of the closet statement from the contestant. What you didn't see on the premiere of The X-Factor after the jump.
“It was kind of a private thing they forced out of me,” Philip claimed to Access on Thursday. “I would say bullied out of me.”
“Backstage, I’d talked to the producers about what was my secret was. And I mentioned that my secret was I was gay, but I really didn’t want to talk about it on the show. So, minutes later when I got on stage, L.A. Reid said, ‘What’s the secret? What’s the secret?’ over and over again. And I had to say it,” Philip claimed. “I just felt like they were going to say it so I felt like I needed to say it first. And, I was just so emotionally distraught, I couldn’t pull it together to actually sing.
Word (and footage) leaked back in June that things got really awkward when Don Philip, former duet partner of Britney Spears in the late 90's, came out to the pop star publicly during his audition for The X Factor.
Philip was a bit of an emotional wreck and we admittedly were curious as to how all of the drama would come together when the program aired this week.
Well editing is a magical thing because while we got plenty of drama from Britney and Don's reunion, one aspect was missing: any mention of him being gay. As Don puts it: "They edited the gay out of me."
More, plus his audition as it actually aired on the show, after the jump.
“The judges were given no information about Mr. Philips prior to his audition. The personal information that Mr. Philips quickly volunteered at the start of his audition was a surprise to the judges, who asked what had happened during the past 10 years, as they were interested in Mr. Philips’ career. While we understand his decision to discuss his personal life, Mr. Philips’ sexual orientation was not something that any of the judges or producers felt was relevant to this audition. When advertising and promoting open auditions, thousands of people are informed about the ways to enter the show. Mr. Philips himself chose to enter for a chance to win a five million dollar recording contract.”
What do you think, Instincters? Was Philip's coming out narrative relevant? How do you feel about the way The X Factor (and Britney) handled it?