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‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner reveals social media criticism ‘contributed’ to depression

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner reveals social media criticism 'contributed' to depression

Sophie Turner is opening up about her mental health struggles.

In a candid interview with Dr. Phil on his podcast — Phil in the Blanks — Tuesday, the “Game of Thrones” star revealed that she started suffering from depression when she was 17 years old, just four years after she began filming for the hit HBO show.

“I was so in love with [‘Game of Thrones’]… I couldn’t believe I was going to get paid for it… Everything was incredible,” Turner began to explain to Dr. Phil. “It only started to kind of go downhill I think when I started to hit puberty, really puberty though at like 17, and my metabolism was slowing down massively, and I was gaining weight, and there was social media scrutiny and everything — and that’s when it kind of hit me.”

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Asked if social media was what caused her depression, the 23-year-old actress emphasized that it was a contributing factor, but not the whole reason.

“I think it contributed. I wouldn’t say that was the main reason. I think it was some sort of chemical imbalance. I think it definitely was a bit of a catalyst.”

Turner explained that people would scrutinize her appearance and acting abilities, which affected her. “You see 10 great comments and you ignore them, but one negative comment and it just like throws you off.”

Since 2011, the star has played Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones.”

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“… People used to say, ‘Damn, Sansa gained 10 lbs’ or ‘Sansa needs to lose 10 lbs or ‘Sansa got fat,'” she recalled. “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 and things like that.

“I would just believe it,” Turner continued. “I would just say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I just believed it.”

When questioned by Dr. Phil on how the scrutiny affected her mindset going into work the following day, Turner explained that she would get the costume department “to tighten [her] corset a lot.”

“I just got very, very self-conscious,” she admitted. “… I’d be concerned about angles. I’d be concerned about my face. I have a big nose, and everyone used to love to tell me that, so I’d be like: ‘I don’t know how to angle myself.’ It would just affect me creatively. I couldn’t be true to the character because I was so worried about Sophie.”

Turner went on to tell Dr. Phil that her depression led her to be “withdrawn” when she wasn’t filming.

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“I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them, I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them,” she revealed. “I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.’”

Thankfully, the star feels “much better” now. “I’ve been doing therapy at CAST Centers, actually. I’m on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think.”

She credits fiancé Joe Jonas for helping her as well. “I [sometimes] 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.

“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. So yeah, I love myself.”

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Hoda Kotb shares family photo with newly adopted daughter Hope

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Hoda Kotb shared an adorable family photo to celebrate Easter on Sunday.

With bright-eyed smiles, the “Today” host’s 1.2 million followers got to see the happy family which included daughter Haley Joy, 2, and boyfriend Joel Schiffman, 61, who was seen bottle feeding newly adopted daughter Hope Catherine.

“This is us,” Kotb wrote in a simple, yet reflective caption about her family. Kotb has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for six years. In February 2017, Kotb announced that the couple adopted daughter Haley Joy—the first child for the 52-year-old co-host.

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Kotb also shared a picture of her mother, Sami, bottle feeding her newest granddaughter. Kotb wrote, “This makes me so happy… my mom filled with Hope.”

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Kotb initially hinted at the adoption of Hope with an Instagram post that stated, “Choose Hope.” Kotb eventually announced that she adopted Hope Catherine after she called in on the “Today” show last Tuesday.

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Justin Bieber joins Ariana Grande at Coachella for his first public performance in 2 years

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Justin Bieber joined Ariana Grande for a surprise duet at Coachella on Sunday, marking his first onstage performance in two years.

Grande kicked off her second headlining set at the music festival in Indio, Calif., on Sunday with several hits from her albums “Sweetener” and “thank u, next” before bringing out Bieber toward the end, People magazine reported.

“We thought it might be fun to do something for you guys,” Grande said before Bieber got on stage to perform his 2015 hit song “Sorry.”

“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight,” Bieber told the Coachella crowd. “So anyways this is my first time on stage in two years. I had to get my groove back, my swag back, you know what I’m saying? So, thank you so much, Coachella. Thank you so much, Ariana Grande. We love you so much, man. Thank you so much.”

“By the way, album coming soon,” he added.

Justin Bieber joined Ariana Grande on stage at Coachella on Sunday.

Justin Bieber joined Ariana Grande on stage at Coachella on Sunday.
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The “What Do You Mean?” singer also took to Twitter to thank Grande and Coachella.

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“Thank you @ArianaGrande . Thank you @coachella. That felt right. Love you,” the 25-year-old singer wrote.

Bieber last took the stage in July 2017 for his “Purpose” world tour, but he abruptly canceled the final 14 shows “after careful consideration.” He told “Vogue” in February that he decided to stop touring because he got “really depressed.”

“I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about. I was lonely. I needed some time,” he said.

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The singer, who got married to Hailey Baldwin in September, also wrote in an Instagram post last month that he was stepping away from music to focus on “repairing” some “deep rooted issues.”

“Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health,” Bieber wrote in his post, before going on to promise his 106 million followers that he will return with a “kick a– album ASAP.”

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LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian celebrate ‘awkward’ Easter with Brandi Glanville

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LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian celebrate 'awkward' Easter with Brandi Glanville

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian celebrated Easter with his ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, which was awkward 1 but not for why you’d think.

Rimes, 36, posted a selfie with Cibrian, 45, Glanville, 46, and Cibrian and Glanville’s sons, 15-year-old Mason and 12-year-old Jake.

“Happy Easter LovEs! Our awkward family Easter 🐣 photo/Christmas card?! Lol,” the “Blue” singer wrote. “Today has been a wonderful day. Many blessings to your family from all of us!”

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She added, “#easter #happyeaster#easter2019 #family#ifyoudonthavesomethingnicetosaypleasemoveon.”

Rimes was also quick to clarify, “*awkward – the way we are standing, not that we are all together. Not awkward at all. #clarity.”

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star also posted a photo from Easter, hers of Jake and Cibrian, writing, “Happy Easter hanging with the fam in the Bu, I can’t believe how much Jake looks like his dad!!!”

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Glanville, Cibrian and Rimes all get along now, but it took a while to get there.

Glanville and Cibrian divorced in 2009 after he embarked on an affair with Rimes while they filmed the Lifetime movie “Northern Lights.” Cibrian and Rimes married in 2011.

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Rimes and Glanville feuded for nearly a decade before calling a truce in spring 2018.

Glanville previously explained that she and Rimes had it out at a birthday party for one of her sons and decided to at least be civil with one another.

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“I always say if you can’t beat them, join them,” Glanville said. “She’s always going to post family photos, she’s always gonna say ‘my boys,’ she’s always gonna do that and I just have to accept it or I can continue to fight with her, which I don’t want to do.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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