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Sophie Turner Got Real AF About Mom Guilt And Mental Health

It’s been a while since Sophie Turner’s had a public interview. Since her split from ex-husband Joe Jonas, she’s laid low as the general public has done nothing but lay into her. A super public divorce from your pop rockstar hubby is bad enough, but when you dare focus on your acting career with two young children, the world tries to eat you alive.

And even though Sophie is described by her friends as a “powerhouse” and “artistically capable,” in a recent interview with British Vogue, she explained how — just like any of us — the mom guilt has gotten to her sometimes.

Although she talked about how having babies has actually fixed her relationship with her body and how watching them grow up is “a real miracle,” she decided to get real candid about all the things any kind of mom might be going through, but may feel too alienated to speak up about. We knew Sophie was a queen (and not just in the North), but I think we all forgot just how relatable and down-to-earth she is. Here is everything Sophie Turner had to say on being a working mom.

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Sophie Turner on Mom Guilt

As she watches her two daughters Willa and Delphine get older, she has to try her best to block out what the media or public says about the type of mother she is, including accusations that she spends more time partying than mothering. “It hurt because I really do completely torture myself over every move I make as a mother – mum guilt is so real!” she said. “I just kept having to say to myself, ‘None of this is true. You are a good mum and you’ve never been a partier.’”

And sometimes it’s really hard for her to persevere through the negative emotions and feelings — but motherhood has helped her through that too. “Once anyone says to me, ‘Do it for your kids,’ I’m doing it,” she said. “I wouldn’t do it for myself, but I’ll find the strength for them.”

Now that she’s living in England with her daughters (her older one even attending a nursery school there), she feels more at ease. Being the U.S. was isolating for Sophie, and those feelings were exacerbated by all of the gun violence that happened in the country while she was living there.

“I couldn’t fathom being a mother of one of those children knowing that this was something your country could fix, that they’d rather have rights to guns than give kids a right to life,” she said. 

Sophie Turner On Caring For Her Mental Health As A Working Mom

Even though she’s grateful for the support system she has, Sophie got real about how bad her mental health can get sometimes. “I’m not very good at processing my emotions. I lock them away and then they’ll bubble up in years to come in some form of depression or anxiety,” she said. But she’s getting better about detecting when she might be heading toward a depressive state. As someone who is healing from bulimia, she said her eating is usually a cue. “I know when I’m in a bad headspace that the eating thing will always flare up,” she said. 

But her coping mechanisms are getting better with age and support. She said, “Now I regulate it by sitting in the discomfort and just getting used to that feeling of being full. It’s all exposure therapy. I think life is exposure therapy.”

Syeda Khaula Saad
Syeda Khaula Saad
Syeda Khaula Saad is a sex & dating writer at Betches despite not remembering the last time she was in a relationship. Just take her word for it.