Sophie Turner says being with Joe Jonas has helped her overcome years of depression: ‘I love myself now’

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are engaged.

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are engaged.
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  • Sophie Turner spoke to Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phillip McGraw) for the latest episode of his podcast titled “Phil in the Blanks” and detailed her how she’s been dealing with depression since she was 17 years old.
  • The 22-year-old actress said that she’s “much better” now thanks to therapy, medication, and fiancé Joe Jonas.
  • “I don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose,” she said. “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. So yeah, I love myself.”
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Sophie Turner says that being with fiancé Joe Jonas has helped her overcome years of depression.

“For me, getting out of bed and getting out of the house and learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge,” Turner told Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phillip McGraw) during the latest episode of his podcast, titled “Phil in the Blanks.”

“I feel much better,” she said. “I’ve been going to therapy at CAST Centers, actually. I’m on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think.”

The 22-year-old “Game of Thrones” actress went on to say that Jonas, who she’s been engaged to since October 2017, has had a positive impact on her mental health.

“I don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose,” she said. “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. So yeah, I love myself.”

Later in the interview, Turner said that she feels “comfortable” with Jonas.

“I feel safe around him,” she said. “I won’t be judged by him. He’s seen the worst.”

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Previously, Turner explained that Jonas helped her sort through an “identity crisis.”

“I think for the longest time I didn’t have a real sense of myself,” Turner told Glamour UK. “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.”

She went on to say: “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. That was probably the biggest thing that pushed me to find who I am – and find my happiness in things other than acting.”

During the podcast, Turner explained that she’s been dealing with depression since she was 17 years old, four years into starring as Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones.” She said that she “had a really happy childhood,” but social media “definitely was a bit of a catalyst” and “it only started to go downhill” when puberty began. She also recalled feeling alone when her friends went to study at universities and she stayed at home with her parents to work

“I felt very alone and my brothers were away at university as well, so I think that was mainly it,” she said.

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Turner said that as her metabolism started “slowing down massively” and she began gaining weight, people would criticize her online. She also said that they pointed out her blemishes and thought that she “wasn’t a good actress.” The “X-Men” star said that she began to believe such comments and became more “withdrawn.”

Now, Turner limited her time on social media and reads through comments less that she used to. She also enjoys reading about psychology, is fascinated by criminology, and wants to get back into ballet. In addition, Turner said that she would love to volunteer to help with help and crisis lines.

“I want to do something to do with mental health in the UK, because there’s not nearly enough mental health facilities, good mental health facilities, in the UK,” she added.

Watch the full interview with Dr. Phil below (Turner talks about Jonas at 15:49).