After finally viewing the "Framing Britney Spears" documentary, Kim Kardashian says she can relate to the media's treatment of the pop star. In fact, Kim says the whole thing reminds her of being pregnant with her daughter North West back in 2013.
"The way the media played a big role in her life … can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person," Kim wrote on her Instagram Story on March 5. "No matter how public someone's life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment."
"When I was pregnant with North I was suffering from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably," she continued. "I gained 60 pounds 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."
Along with her detailed messages, Kim, 40, shared pictures of several mean-spirited magazine covers from that time, many of which came after she attended the 2013 Met Gala with now-estranged husband Kanye West.
Looking back at the tabloid covers, Kim believes that, like Britney, she was unfairly scrutinized. "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," she said. "It really broke me."
The mother of four said she decided to turn that negativity into "motivation" but added that "to think this didn't take a toll on me mentally would be a lie."
"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," she continued. "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."