“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is crediting her new husband Joe Jonas with rescuing her from her own mental down spiral.
As Dearly reported, the actress, 23, and Jonas, 29, had a surprise marriage ceremony at a chapel in Las Vegas right after the Billboard Music Awards on May 1.
Now, People reports that Turner is opening up about how her husband has helped her overcome her mental health challenges.
During a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Turner attributed the challenges to growing up in the limelight.
“Having your adolescence being displayed in public, that’s something I really wish hadn’t happened. Being in the age of social media when that’s happening, I think I would be a much saner person if I hadn’t been documented from 13 — your most awkward, uncomfortable, unsure-of-yourself years.”
Turner said that as her body began to change over the years of her filming she became self-conscious.
The newlywed explained:
“Suddenly, everyone’s metabolism slows down at 17, 18 and then that’s documented. My skin and everything. People commenting on it. I was too aware of my body at a young age. And it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. ‘Oh, I’ll just eat nuts today.’”
She added that after she stopped having her period for a year, she decided to see a therapist.
Further, Turner revealed that she was “going through this phase of being very mentally unwell,” when she met Jonas at age 20.
The “Dark Phoenix” star recalled:
“He was, like, ‘I can’t be with you until you love yourself, I can’t see you love me more than you love yourself.’ That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way.”
Additionally, she shared that they had once actually broken up for a day.
“It was the worst day of our lives. For a second we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, ‘Never mind.’”
The National Alliance of Mental Illness reports that couples who want to be together long-term should disclose their mental health conditions with one another. The alliance states that this exchange is an essential part of supporting each other through health crises.
“I feel much better. I’ve been doing therapy at CAST centers, actually. I’m on medication. I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think. I don’t think I loved myself at all. But I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose. 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. So yeah, I love myself.”
Further, when disclosing mental health struggles to a partner, reactions may vary. While some won’t consider it an issue, others may not be as accepting. This is a reason to disclose your state sooner rather than later, NAMI reports.
However, NAMI reports that a majority of people will respond with curiosity or uncertainty. As they learn more about what you’re going through, they’ll grow more comfortable.
Turner said of 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,”
As a person grows to understand your struggles, they’ll be able to better support you, NAMI reports.