Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie opens up on how she and her husband Kit Harington have dealt with his past addiction


Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie opens up on how she and her husband Kit Harington have dealt with his past addiction

Game of Thrones star, Rose Leslie has spoken about how she and her co-star husband, Kit Harington dealt with his past addiction.

In the cover story for Harper’s Bazaar UK’s June 2022 issue, Leslie said she is “doing well,” noting that Harington, 35, suffered from addiction in 2019, “so we’re now several years into his sobriety.”

The Good Fight alum said;

“For Kit, being an addict, it’s very important for him to recognise himself as such.

“The AA community has provided such a loving space for him to feel heard, to make sure he’s not alone. But if it weren’t for rehab, he would be in a very different headspace right now.

“I’ve learnt a lot about addiction and it’s something Kit is forever going to be aware of, but it’s on him whether he chooses to drink again. No amount of nannying is going to be able to stop him from doing what he decides to do… I don’t choose to put that pressure on myself. The responsibility of his behaviour is on him. It’s not on me to guard him from it.”

Harrington first opened up about his battle with addiction in August, telling The Sunday Times that he “went through some pretty horrible stuff” after Game of Thrones ended in 2019.

He said at the time;

“Things that have happened to me since Thrones ended, and that were happening during Thrones, were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol.

“You get to a place where you feel like you are a bad person, you feel like you are a shameful person. And you feel that there’s no way out, that’s just who you are. And getting sober is the process of going, ‘No, I can change.’

“One of my favourite things I learnt recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false: that a leopard actually does change its spots. I just think that’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped. That was something I kind of clung to; the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I went about my life.”

He previously checked into the Privé-Swiss retreat in Connecticut back in May 2019, stating that he was treated for “mainly alcohol” during his stay. “Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues,” Harington’s rep told PEOPLE at the time.

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