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Kim Kardashian Defends Britney Spears and Recalls Her Own 'Traumatizing' Paparazzi Experience

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Kim Kardashian is supporting Britney Spears after watching her documentary and recalling her own ‘traumatizing’ experience with paparazzi. In a lengthy message posted to Kim’s Instagram story on Friday, the 40-year-old beauty mogul opens up about her 2013 pregnancy with daughter North, and how tabloid culture and body-shaming took a toll on her mental health.

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- Kim Kardashian is showing her support for Britney Spears and recalling her own experience with tabloid culture and body shaming.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST: It's so hard.

- On Friday, the reality star took to Instagram to reveal how she felt after recently watching "The New York Times" documentary "Framing Britney Spears."

- Dear Britney.

- Dear Britney.

- Dear Britney.

- Why is she still in this? Why is her dad making all of her decisions?

- I have always viewed the situation as something that I don't think would have ever happened to a man in America.

- First, Kim defends Britney, writing, quote, "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."

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST: I mean, that's a lot.

- The mom of four explains how watching the documentary compelled her to reflect on her own experiences with the media, specifically 2013, when she was pregnant with her eldest daughter Northwest. Kim writes that she suffered from preeclampsia that made her swell and gained 60 pounds. She says cruel stories written about her body in the tabloids made her cry every single day.

"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." Kim says she was thankfully able to channel the toxicity into motivation and became the business mogul we know today. But still, she adds, "To say this didn't take a toll on me mentally would be a lie," a sentiment she shared with "ET" in 2013.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST: I think because of so much media scrutiny, it really motivated me, actually, to want to really stick and commit to something.

- Now the KKW Beauty founder is encouraging her followers to show understanding and compassion, writing, "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."

- Britney, look here!

- Britney, in the front!

- Kim is the latest star to publicly come forward in Britney's defense. John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, and Drew Barrymore have all shown their support. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake, who dated Britney in the early 2000s, came under fire following the documentary's release for the role he played in the aftermath of their split.

He issued a public apology to Britney in February that read in part, quote, "I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond in part because everyone involved deserves better and, most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow from." Kelly Rowland's rise to fame in Destiny's Child came at the same time as Britney's. Here's what she said about the documentary on Thursday's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

KELLY ROWLAND: I haven't seen the Britney doc. I'm having a hard time, like, in wanting to watch it, just because I really respect the fact, like, when artists actually say, this is a documentary, it's OK to watch this. You know what I mean?

ANDY COHEN: Oh, interesting.

KELLY ROWLAND: I respect, you know, their space and their privacy and their point of view.