Joe Jonas’s love for Sophie Turner has done a lot more than just make her into a bride-to-be. The actress recently opened up about her struggles with mental health, and how her relationship has been a positive part of overcoming those struggles.
On a recent episode of Dr Phil's podcast Phil in the Blanks, Turner talked about how criticism over her weight and acting on Game of Thrones made her lit a low point. She explained that working and living at home with her parents while her friends and brothers were away at university was also a contributing factor.
“I've suffered with depression for about five or six years now,” she said, per Daily Mail. “The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house.”
She went on to describe how she had no motivation to do anything and how comments about her body would keep her from going outside. "Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them. I would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and having to put on clothes and I said, ‘I can't do this I can't go outside I have nothing that I want to do.'”
The biggest challenge she notes with mental health is learning to love yourself, which Turner says she now does with the help of therapy, medication, and her fiancé Jonas.
“I feel much better,” she said of where she is in life now. “I’ve been doing therapy at cast centers, I’m on medication, and I love myself now or more than I used to I think. I don’t think I loved myself at all. I'm now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”
Last month Turner also told Glamour U.K. that Jonas helped her through an identity crisis. “I think for the longest time I didn’t have a real sense of myself,” she told the magazine. “I had a bit of an identity crisis where I was playing all these people and I’d grown up faster than I probably should have done. I hadn’t been able to experience university, or just spend a lot of time with friends, so for a while I kept thinking, ‘Who am I?’”
These are the same experiences that Turner just revealed led her to feeling depressed at the time, but she credits a lot of her happiness today to Jonas. “A lot of [my happiness now] is to do with being with a person I’ve fallen in love with, who loves me more than he loves himself, and who wants to see me find my own happiness,” she continued. “That was probably the biggest thing that pushed me to find who I am and find my happiness in things other than acting.”