Spears at X Factor auditions on Thursday. (Splash News)
According to a source connected with the Fox competition, the pop star — who has been under her father Jamie Spears' conservatorship since she had a mental breakdown in 2008 — was not upset by her song being massacred. "She just needed a break."
Within moments of the news that Spears, 30, had walked off the set, she tweeted some damage control. "Texas has a lot of talent — seriously! Loving @TheXFactorUSA auditions so far," the pop star — or one of her handlers — wrote on Twitter.
Auditions did eventually resume -- and Spears was back in her chair at the judges' table. According to E! Online's Marc Malkin, the crowd booed the pop star when she gave a glowing review to someone who they felt did not sing very well, causing Reid to "playfully" tell the audience not to do that. Around the same time, Spears tweeted again. "#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!"
Spears certainly looked gorgeous on her first day of work. Clad in a skintight hot pink mini, the singer smiled for photographers and even signed autographs for her fans camped outside of the venue. Her demeanor was a complete 180 from the jittery mess she was at the Fox Upfronts in New York City on May 15. Spears — whose fingernails were bloody from obvious picking — looked terrified as she stood onstage with her fellow judges, and when she spoke her voice was quivering.
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