Kim Kardashian sympathizes with Britney Spears after watching doc: ‘It’s always better to lead with kindness’

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Kim Kardashian said she can relate to how Britney Spears was treated by the public and media after the reality TV star watched the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary. 

The 40-year-old Skims founder revealed that she now feels “a lot of empathy” for Spears and realized how similar their journeys have been. 

“The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person. No matter how public someone’s life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment,” Kardashian wrote on her Instagram on Friday. 

The KKW Beauty mogul then recalled when she was pregnant with her eldest daughter North.


“I was suffering from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably. I gained 60 lbs and delivered almost 6 weeks early and I cried every single day over what was happening to my body mainly from the pressures of being constantly compared to what society considered a healthy pregnant person should look like – as well as being compared to Shamu the Whale by the media,” she reflected. 

Kim Kardashian revealed she struggled with her mental health after intense public scrutiny while pregnant with daughter North. 

Kardashian admitted that looking at photos of herself online or in magazines made her feel “insecure.”

“I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn’t leave the house for months after. It really broke me,” she continued.

The TV producer said she channeled her negative feelings about herself into “motivation” but that time did take a toll on her mental health. 

Britney Spears will remain under a conservatorship overseen by her father Jamie and Bessemer Trust Co. 
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Intimate Britney Spears)

“I’m sharing this just to say I really hope everyone involved in the business of shaming and bullying someone to the point of breaking them down might reconsider and instead try to show some understanding and compassion,” Kardashian concluded. “You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I’ve learned through my own experiences that it’s always better to lead with kindness.”

Dozens of celebrities have spoken out in defense of the Spears following the release of the documentary which has brought renewed attention to the downfalls of the singer’s superstardom and conservatorship battle.


The New York Times program also led fans of the star to speak out against Justin Timberlake and Diane Sawyer for the way they treated the pop star in the past. In addition, the unauthorized doc contributed to those calling for Spears to be released from her conservatorship.

The conservatorship — a legal guardianship giving her father, Jamie Spears, control over her finances and everyday life — sparked the “#FreeBritney” movement with fans calling for her to be released from the legal agreement.


In February, a judge decided Spears will remain under a conservatorship overseen by her father Jamie and Bessemer Trust Co. 

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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