Kim Kardashian feels a lot of “empathy” for Britney Spears after watching “The Formation of Britney Spears,” which she says reminds her that she is pregnant with her daughter in the Northwest.
“The way the media has played a big role in her life … can be very traumatic and can really break even the strongest person,” Kardashian, 40, wrote in Instagram Stories on Friday. “No matter how public one’s life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for fun.”
“When I was pregnant with Sever, I suffered from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably,” she continued. “I gained 60 kilograms and delivered almost 6 weeks earlier and cried every day about what was happening to my body, mainly from the pressure to be constantly compared to what society considers a healthy pregnant person ̵
The formation of Britney Spears highlighted how Spears, now 39, has been unfairly seen in the media compared to her male counterparts. Kardashian added on Friday that by looking back on her own experiences in the eyes of the public, she could “remember a time when I felt that way.”
The New York Times / Hulu documentary also shows some of the reactions her father, Jamie Spears, received due to the singer’s ongoing battle for conservatism. Since its release in February, many celebrities have spoken out in support of the #FreeBritney movement, which opposes its conservatism, and others, such as Spears’ former Justin Timberlake, have publicly apologized for their earlier remarks about the pop star.
In 2019, Kardashian revealed that criticism of her very pregnant appearance at her first Met Gala in 2013 brought her to tears. “I went home and cried after the uncertainty,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I was embarrassed every week with covers that made my insecurity so painful that I couldn’t leave the house for months afterwards,” the current mother of four wrote on Friday. “It really broke me.”
In 2013, Kardashian said in response to tabloids examining her weight during pregnancy: “This week alone, there are maybe two or three covers that say I’m 200 pounds. “I’m like ‘You’re 60 pounds here …’ That wouldn’t even bother me if I gained all the weight.”
Now the executive director of KKW Beauty says that “fortunately” she has turned these difficulties into “motivation”, but added, “to think that this did not take me mentally would be a lie.”
“I share this only to say that I really hope that everyone involved in the business of cheating and harassing someone to the point of overthrowing them can think twice and try to show a little understanding and compassion instead.” she concluded. “You just never know exactly what someone behind the scenes is going through, and I’ve learned from my own experience that it’s always better to lead with kindness.”