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Kim Kardashian says comments on her appearance while pregnant 'broke' her

Amy Johnson
·3-min read
Kim Kardashian West attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Kim Kardashian West attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Kim Kardashian has reflected on her own negative experiences with the media while commenting on the new Britney Spears documentary.

The New York Times film Framing Britney Spears explores the career of the singer, the treatment of her by paparazzi and the conservatorship she's been held under since 2008.

Kardashian shared to her Instagram Stories on Friday that she had watched it and felt "a lot of empathy" for Spears because of the media coverage of her when pregnant with her eldest child North West.

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"The way the media played a big role in [Spears'] life the way it did can be very traumatising and it can really break even the strongest person," the 40-year-old wrote.

Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears attends Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears attends Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

The mother-of-four continued: "Looking back at my own experiences, I remember a time when I felt this way. When I was pregnant with North I was suffering from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably.

"I gained 60lbs 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.

"Looking at all of the photos of myself online and in magazines made me so insecure and I had this fear of wondering if I would ever get my pre baby body back. 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."

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Costume Institute Gala for the
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The reality star went on to say she took her "frustrating, embarrassing" feelings to motivate her forwards, but that it did take a mental toll.

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"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," she said.

Kardashian then posted covers from US magazines that had commented on her weight and appearance, with some comparing her figure with Kate Middleton who was pregnant at the same time.

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