Jessica Simpson hasn’t watched “Framing Britney Spears” – and she’s explaining why.
The “Do You Know” artist said that watching the FX/New York Times documentary about the fellow pop sensation would be “one of those triggers” in a sneak peek of the “Tamron Hall Show” airing Friday.
The documentary examines Spears’ rise, mental health challenges, inappropriate treatment by unrelenting media and the discord over her conservatorship, controlled mainly by her father, Jamie Spears.
“If I were to watch it, like, reliving that for me it’s like one of those like triggers, you know, it gives me anxiety, and I lived it,” Simpson said.
She added that it’s “so hard” because she knows Spears and “what she went through.”
“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 just, you know, we are normal, you know?”
Though she acknowledged both she and the “Toxic” singer “have a big platform,” Simpson explained that “you can only take stuff for so long.”
On “Tamron Hall,” Simpson also opens up about her memoir, “Open Book.” In her USA TODAY best-seller released in February, Simpson wrote candidly about her highly publicized breakup with Nick Lachey.
Simpson, who was 22 years old when she married Lachey in 2002, said they were both trying to find their places in the music industry. They filmed the reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” which ran from 2003 to 2005, about their union.
“We worked, and we were great at it, but when it came time to being alone, we weren’t great at it anymore,” Simpson wrote in excerpts published by People before the release. “We got crushed by the media and by ourselves. … I couldn’t lie to our fans, and I couldn’t give somebody hope that we were this perfect golden couple.”