Kim Kardashian has “finally” watched Framing Britney Spears, and it brought back some memories about her own treatment by tabloids during her first pregnancy.
“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,” the 40-year-old reality star and entrepreneur wrote on Instagram stories on March 5. In particular, Kardashian recalled the way she was fat-shamed incessantly by the press while carrying her daughter North West in 2013.
“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,” Kardashian wrote in the four-slide-long statement before sharing over a dozen tabloid covers documenting her eating habits, “weight gain,” and even measuring her against Kate Middleton, who was also pregnant with Prince George at the time.
“I’m sharing this just to say I really hope everyone involved in the business of shaming and bullying someone to the point of them breaking down might reconsider and instead try to show some understanding and compassion,” Kim Kardashian 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.”
You can read her full statement below.