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Sophie Turner says Joe Jonas helped her with depression as she reveals she's currently in therapy

Hearing "I love you" every day really helped.

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Sophie Turner - AKA Sansa Stark, badass of the North - just got candid about her mental health struggles for the first time. The 23-year-old Game of Thrones star told Dr Phil, on his podcast, that she has been dealing with depression for years and used to get suicidal thoughts.

"I've suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge," she said.

As a teenager, Sophie used to get suicidal thoughts. "I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger. I don't know why though," she said. "Maybe it's just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it. I don't think I ever would have gone through with it. I don't know."

She also says that social media criticism of her performance and her appearance on the hit HBO show crushed her self-esteem. "I would just believe it. I would say, "Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress." I would just believe it... I just got very, very self-conscious." Feeling down and shy, she'd basically stay in every night and avoid going out. During the first few seasons of filming, Sophie says she and co-star/best friend Maisie Williams would just grab some supplies from Tesco and eat in their rooms every night, too scared to engage in the world. Maisie was really the only person she spoke to about her scary thoughts.

Now, Sophie is in therapy and on medication, which help her manage her depression. Sweetly, she also says that her fiance, pop-star Joe Jonas, is an enormous help to her when it comes to her mental health. "I love myself now, or more than I used to. I'm now with someone that makes me realise, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realise why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more."

As ever, we're in awe of Sophie Turner's bravery. It takes courage to be honest about depression - but it is always so important when celebrities speak up about it. Depression doesn't discriminate and it can happen to anyone.