Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has opened up about why she thinks the media treated both her and Britney Spears differently after their divorce in 2006. Reese Witherspoon said she knew what it was like to live under the scrutiny of the public eye constantly. She also reflected on the public and media scrutiny she has been put under over the years.
Both Reese Witherspoon and Britney Spears had been through a divorce in the same year, 2006. However, the Legally Blonde actress has talked about the two of them being treated differently by the paparazzi.
The 45-years old star told Time magazine that she considers herself “lucky” to have been labeled one of the “good” girls in Hollywood by the paparazzi. Because of this image, she wasn’t as heavily ridiculed for her embarrassing moments – like screaming at the paparazzi- as some other stars were.
“What if the media had decided I was something else?” Witherspoon wondered. “I would be in a totally different position.”
She recognized that because some stars were at the peak of their careers, the media chose to target them. Stars like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton were labeled as the “bad” ones during the height of their fame and picked apart by the paparazzi often.
“I want to say it’s my decisions or the career choices I made, but it felt very arbitrary. And kind of s–tty,” Reese said, discussing how the media handles women’s public image rather differently.
Reese related to Spears because the two went through very public divorces in the 2000s: Reese to actor Ryan Phillippe and Spears with Kevin Federline. Witherspoon and Phillippe are parents to 21-year-old daughter Ava and 17-year-old son Deacon. Spears and Federline have two sons Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14.
“My children can tell you stories about being in preschool and people climbing on the roofs of our cars,” Witherspoon remarked.
Framing Britney Spears documentary released earlier this year. It follows Spears’s life in the limelight and through her mental health struggles and conservatorship scandals. Since its release, several stars have spoken out in support of the 39-years old pop star.
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