Did Robbie Williams seriously just ask this trans X Factor contestant for his birth name?

File Photo: June 14, 2018. British singer Robbie Williams performing at the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Photo: Shutterstock

Felix Shepherd, 20, may have knocked the X Factor judges off their feet with his “All I Want” by Kodaline rendition, but then something else happened.

Celebrity judge Robbie Williams asked a deeply personal question that some say was completely unnecessary and even inappropriate.

Before his number, Williams asked Shepherd to share part of his personal history with the audience. Shepherd explained that his hope was to be “more than just a transgender guy” on the show.

Which prompted Williams to follow up with, “When you were born, what was your name?”

Shepherd responded, but Williams kept prodding. Next he asked, “When did you know you were Felix?”

Even though he went along with the questioning, Shepherd’s Twitter fans weren’t necessarily as forgiving.


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