Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears faced similar treatment from the media in the 2000s. Both were mocked—unmercifully and unfairly—by the press for their fashion choices, personal lives, and private struggles. So it’s not really surprising Simpson wouldn’t want to watch Framing Britney Spears, the New York Times documentary that outlined Spears’s conservatorship and revisited early 2000s media culture. It probably would hit too close to home.
“I honestly choose not to watch the documentary,” she told People. “I didn’t want to watch and bring back any of the dark pieces of my personal coming of age in the music business. I have worked through a lot and want to keep moving forward in my own story on my own path.”
That being said, Simpson added, “I admire [Spears’s] ambition, strength, and the capability to live unapologetically and authentically.” She’s also “happy that people are supporting Britney.” (As a diehard Brit fan, I wholeheartedly agree.)
Jessica Simpson told Tamron Hall something similar. “No,” she said when asked if she’s watched Framing Britney Spears. “It’s one of those things that if I were to watch it, like, reliving that for me it’s like one of those like triggers, you know, it definitely gives me anxiety and I, I lived it. And I know Britney and I know what she went through and it’s so, it’s so hard, because it’s so many people’s opinions on you just trying to live your life as a normal human being because inside we’re really just, you know, we are normal, you know? We might have a big platform but, you can only take stuff for so long, you can only, you know, allow people in and attacking you until you have to really, you know, put your guard up.”
You can watch Framing Britney Spears on Hulu now.