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John Mayer so heartbroken by Britney Spears’ ‘sadness’ he almost ‘cried 5 times’ watching documentary

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John Mayer was so overwhelmed watching the Britney Spears documentary that he ‘almost cried five times’. 

Framing Britney Spears gripped fans all over the world with its account of Britney’s sharp rise to fame and the tribulations that came with it, such as her mental health battle which led to the ongoing conservatorship

Sharing his take on the critically acclaimed film, John said it offers ‘a lot to parse on a sociological level’. 

The musician said on Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen Live: ‘I almost cried five times during that. 

‘To see the sadness in this human being, I almost, I mean the end, I was on the edge of tears five times, because if you understand what this business slash industry slash lifestyle does to a person. To go through this and come out the other side okay, is to have infinite grace for those who struggle with it. 

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‘I have a very strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female performers is endemic to being female. Why do so many men emerge going, “Learned my lesson. Yes, I got dinked in the head, but I’m back, baby”.’ 

The Slow Dancing In A Burning Room singer went on: ‘So, I watched it with such grace for someone who got much more maligned by the inhuman experiment of fame than I did. And I go, “Why did I get through that? Why did I find my way through that obstacle course? What was afforded to me stylistically?” The stylistic difference of being an outlaw. If you’re a man, you’re an outlaw.’ 

John Mayer at SiriusXM studios
John Mayer found Framing Britney Spears to be emotional viewing (Picture: Getty Images)

John, 43, believes the only reason he ‘came out okay’ is partly because he’s a man. 

He continued: ‘If you’re a woman, you’re kind of crazy. And when I watched that through that lens, my heart just ached the whole time.’ 

The documentary has drawn a strong reaction from many of Britney’s celebrity peers in the weeks since it aired. 

Britney Spears in Framing Britney Spears documentary
Britney’s life and career was put under the microscope in the documentary (Picture: Red Arrow Studios)

Paramore singer Hayley Williams tweeted: ‘The Framing Britney Spears doc holy fuck. no artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her. the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.’ 

Singer Charlie Puth said: ‘Britney Spears’ music was my first exposure to pop music. Her impact was/is profound and it always baffled me as to why people were so brutal to her when she was down. It’s great the world is more sensitive to mental health now, but upsetting it took this long in Britney’s case.’ 

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler are among the stars who expressed their support using the #FreeBritney hashtag. 

Britney, 39, has not publicly addressed the documentary but she did cryptically tweet shortly after it aired: ‘Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives!!! Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens!!!!’ 

Framing Britney Spears is available to watch on Sky and Now TV. 

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