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 aboutthe fellow pop sensation would be “one of those triggers” in a sneak peak of the “Tamron Hall Show” airing Friday.
The documentary examines the rise of Spears, her mental health challenges, inappropriate treatment by unrelenting media and the discord over her conservatorship, controlled largely 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 definitely gives me anxiety and I lived it,” Simpson said.
She added that it’s “so hard,” because she personally knows Spears and “what she went through.”
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“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, 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.”
“You can only allow people in and attacking you until you have to really put your guard up,” she said.
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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 really 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.”
The actress said the 98 Degrees member was her first love and she will always have respect for him.
“I was really young, and my success hadn’t really begun,” she wrote. “He knew me as this young, innocent 18-year-old that had never been introduced to the world in so many ways. I went straight from my father to him. Nick’s very smart. He was eight years older than me, but he was also young.”
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Contributing: Rasha Ali, Erin Jensen