X FACTOR UK judge Louis Walsh, who filled in on the US edition during Britney Spears’ tenure, claimed the singer “was on so much medication.”
The 68-year-old alleged she had trouble staying upright in her chair and not falling out of it when he was her co-star in 2012.
Britney, 39, had a full-time gig as a judge for season 2 of the short-lived US version of the singing competition.
She sat on the panel alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid, and Demi Lovato, with Louis filling in for a little while Simon was out sick.
While speaking with the Irish Independent, Louis opened up about his experience working with the pop star.
He said he sat next to her for two days and alleged she would start to slump in her chair, onto the table, “after every few auditions.”
The TV personality continued his claim: “They would literally have to stop the show and take her out because she was on so much medication and other stuff. I felt sorry for her.
“Here she was, the biggest pop star on the planet, and she was just sitting there physically, but she wasn’t there mentally. She had a lot of problems.”
Britney previously spent time with Louis when she performed on The X Factor UK in late 2008.
Earlier that year, Britney’s dad Jamie was award conservatorship over his daughter’s life after the court heard how she was “struggling with drug abuse.”
As her conservator, the 68-year-old was put in charge of overseeing Britney’s business affairs, costumes, personal and legal matters and family law issues.
He also negotiated his daughter’s stint on the US X Factor series, for which she reportedly earned $15million.
After being asked if he thought Britney should’ve been on the show at the time or focused on getting help, Louis said: “She was getting millions of dollars to do it, so why the f**k wouldn’t she sit there?”
The mother of two opened up about her time on the show herself in a 2012 interview with Elle, saying she found the whole thing to be pretty “tough.”
Britney revealed: “I was having panic attack after panic attack. I got over that quickly, though, and realized that I was helping [contestants[ by being honest.”
She continued: “Personally, I think that’s the toughest part about being a judge on The X Factor.
Most of them are still developing, and it’s hard to tell such young kids whether they have what it takes or not, so I try to be as protective as I can with their hopes and dreams.”
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