Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe split in 2006 and around the same time Spears and her then husband, Kevin Federline, also ended their marriage.
Witherspoon said that like Spears, she and her family were hounded by the paparazzi.
“My children will tell you stories about being in preschool and people climbing on the roofs of our cars,” she told Time.
The actress and lifestyle mogul said she was very aware that some women celebs like Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were labled “bad” while those like her and Jennifer Garner were “good” — even though Witherspoon said there’s plenty of footage of her out there yelling at the cameras.
“What if the media had decided I was something else? I would be in a totally different position,” she said. “I want to say it’s my decisions or the career choices I made, but it felt very arbitrary.”
Witherspoon has since remarried and has another child.