Sophie Turner Contemplated Suicide Amid Online Bullying

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Sophie Turner is opening up about the impact her fame has had on her mental health. 

And let's just say that being a star on the cultural phenomenon that is Game of Thrones has sadly taken a toll on her well-being. 

Sophie has been vocal about her issues in the past but during a podcast interview with Dr. Phil today, she revealed that she used to contemplate suicide

Sophie Turner Pic

When the actress was only 17, about four years after she started filming the HBO series, Sophie started struggling with depression, according to E! News

"It's weird. I wasn't very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger," she shared.

"I don't know why though.

Sophie Turner Picture

"Maybe it's just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it," the 23-year-old continued. 

"I don't think I ever would have gone through with it. I don't know."

Turner blames social media for a lot of her mental health problems saying that it's filled with constant hate and criticism. 

Sophie Turner at the Globes

"People used to say, 'Damn, Sansa gained 10 Ibs' or 'Damn, Sansa needs to lose 10 Ibs' or 'Sansa got fat,'" she said. 

"It was just a lot of weight comments, or I would have spotty skin because I was a teenager, and that's normal, and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasn't a good actress."

Sophie started believing everything she read, admitting that social media totally brainwashed her opinions of herself. 

"I would just believe it. I would say, 'Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.'"

Sophie Turner on Game of Thrones

"I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious."

During the show's off-season, she couldn't even find the motivation to go out. 

She never wanted to hang out with her friends and even the thought of leaving her house or getting dressed brought her to tears. 

"I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting clothes on and be like, 'I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do,'" she said. 

Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Pedro Pascal

Thankfully, Sophie sought help and things began to look up for the English starlet. 

Her parents started to notice the therapy bills about a year ago, which is when she finally explained to them what happened. 

"I'm on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think," she explains. 

Sophie did share that she will be taking a break from the acting world now that the final season of Game of Thrones is done filming.

Aunt and Nephew

The only plans that the future Mrs. Jonas is taking time to focus on now is what is "most important" to her -- mental health. 

And hopefully... her upcoming summer wedding

"I [sometimes] don't think I love myself at all, but I'm now with someone that makes me realize 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 that makes you love yourself a bit more."

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Together

"So yeah, I love myself," she concluded. 

We love you too, Sophie!

And we're very happy to hear that she got the help she needed and is loving herself once again -- the way she deserves!  

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

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