Britney Spears was reunited with a mystery old friend on the Us X Factor this week. The pop princess - who forms part of this year's judging panel - was visibly stunned when one of the hopefuls walked out onto the stage to audition, reports People magazine.
Britney immediately yelled, "I know him.We did a duet together 10 years ago". The singer - who is yet to be named - then began to cry and reveal to the panel that he was gay, but hadn't told Britney during their first meeting, saying, "At the time I didn't think I was worthy. I didn't think you thought it was OK that I am gay". The superstar singer assured the man, "I think it is fine you are gay", though his tears continued. A source said, "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". Last month, Britney was accused of getting up and leaving the auditions following a bad rendition of one of her songs by a singing hopeful. She later took to her Twitter page to deny the speculation, claiming she was merely taking a break.
The 'Toxic' singer is currently sitting on the judging panel with Simon Cowell, La Reid and Demi Lovato. Cowell fought hard to land Spears, reportedly negotiating a deal worth somewhere between $15 million and $20 million per year.