Why Jessica Simpson Won't Watch The Framing Britney Spears Documentary

Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears' careers have some eery similarities. Both shot to fame at a young age as squeaky clean pop stars, but quickly raised eyebrows after becoming more confident in their sexuality and not being afraid to show it off in their music. The two have also had forays into the acting world — Simpson has appeared in movies like Employee of the Month and The Dukes of Hazzard, while Spears made her acting debut in Crossroads – and both had their own reality shows alongside their former husbands. Simpson appeared on Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica alongside Nick Lachey, while Spears aired her personal life with Kevin Federline on Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. Both relationships ended in divorce, and their private lives have been tabloid fodder for years, with both undergoing serious public scrutiny.

With all the similarities surrounding their respective careers and personal lives, it's no wonder fans would be curious to hear Simpson's thoughts on the speculation surrounding Spears in the wake of the eye-opening Framing Britney Spears documentary, which got the world talking in February 2021. But it turns out Simpson hasn't seen it, and doesn't plan to either.

Jessica Simpson found the Britney Spears documentary to be triggering

Speaking to Tamron Hall on the March 26, 2021, episode of her talk show, the Tamron Hall Show, Jessica Simpson admitted that she found the Framing Britney Spears documentary to be triggering, so she decided not to watch. 

"It's one of those things that if I were to watch it, reliving that for me, it's one of those triggers. It definitely gives me anxiety, and I lived it," Simpson said. She added that she knows Britney Spears and knows "what she went through," adding, "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, we are normal, you know?" She continued, "We might have a big platform, but you can only take stuff for so long, you can only allow people in and attacking you until you have to really put your guard up."

Simpson doubled down on her decision not tune in while speaking to 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," she shared. However, the "With You" singer also shared support for her fellow star, noting that she admires "her ambition, strength and the capability to live unapologetically and authentically." 

It seems like Simpson certainly has Spears' back.