Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner says husband Joe Jonas saved her life

By Press Association Reporter
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas (PA)

Games Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has credited her new husband Joe Jonas with saving her life, as she revealed she was “desperately unhappy” after growing up in the public eye.

Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the hit television series, said she wishes she had not had to deal with fame and all that comes with it at such a young age.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, she described how she was a “complete mess” before she started seeing a therapist.

She told the publication she was at her lowest ebb when she was 20 and met singer Jonas.

She said: “I was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell. 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.”

The pair tied the knot in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The actress said she experienced issues around body image and food as a young girl, which prompted her to have therapy – something she said everyone should have access to.

The couple got married in May (Ian West/PA)

Of growing up in the public eye, she told the magazine: “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.”

Asked about her character’s fate in the programme, which has developed a cult following worldwide, Turner said she thinks it is a “very satisfying” ending – but she acknowledged it may leave some fans upset.

The sixth and final episode of the current series airs on Sunday night on HBO in America, with a double airing in the UK on Sky Atlantic: one at 2am on Monday morning to coincide with the US broadcast, and another at 9pm on the same night.