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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington on past battle with alcoholism and suicidal thoughts

Kit Harington has bravely spoken about surviving alcoholism and depression in a candid interview with The Sunday Times this week.

The actor, 34, who achieved worldwide fame with his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, said he ‘went through some pretty horrible stuff’ in the years since the fantasy drama series ended in 2019.

Kit, who has been sober for two-and-a-half years following a stint in rehab, revealed that while he is now ‘very happy’ and ‘content’, he once battled suicidal thoughts. 

‘I went through horrible stuff’: Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington revealed how he contemplated suicide amid a ‘traumatic’ battle with alcoholism and depression, in an interview with The Sunday Times this week. Pictured in April 2019

‘I went through some pretty horrible stuff,’ Christopher, who goes by the moniker Kit, told The Sunday Times, when describing his life after the end of Game of Thrones. 

‘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,’ he revealed.  

Kit went on to describe his experience of hitting rock bottom, that resulted in a stint in rehab at the Privé-Swiss retreat in Connecticut, costing £95,000 a month.

When asked by the publication whether he ever contemplated suicide, Kit reportedly hesitated before saying: ‘The answer is yes. Yes of course. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things.’  

Past battle: '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,' the 34-year-old said of life after Game of Thrones. Pictured as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Past battle: ‘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,’ the 34-year-old said of life after Game of Thrones. Pictured as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones 

Kit said he hopes his comments will help others suffering, and admitted to being very ‘secretive’ about his addictions.

‘I will say about my addictions that I kept them very, very quiet and I was incredibly secretive and incredibly locked up with them,’ he confessed.  

Now sober, Kit is relishing fatherhood and his marriage with fellow Game of Thrones actress, Rose Leslie, 34.

The couple wed in 2018 and welcomed their first child, a boy, in February this year. 

Kit gave a rare insight into fatherhood in a recent interview with Access Hollywood

Mental health: When asked by the publication whether he ever contemplated suicide, Kit reportedly hesitated before saying: 'The answer is yes. Yes of course. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things.' Pictured in July 2021

Mental health: When asked by the publication whether he ever contemplated suicide, Kit reportedly hesitated before saying: ‘The answer is yes. Yes of course. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things.’ Pictured in July 2021

The star admitted he didn’t understand just how big the journey through fatherhood was until he embarked on it himself. 

He said: ‘Everyone goes, “Look, it’s big what you’re about to go through.” You have no way of knowing that until it happens.’  

‘Every day, I wake up and I look after this little human and now we’re part of a unit together.

‘I think the thing that surprises me most about fatherhood is you are now a unit, the three of you, and that’s a whole new dynamic you need to find.’

Kit added: ‘I pretty much find every day as he grows and changes, how does that change you? It’s a beautiful thing, it really is.’    

First-time parents: Kit and his actress wife Rose Leslie, 34, confirmed the arrival of their baby boy in February but have not revealed his name. Pictured in April 2019

First-time parents: Kit and his actress wife Rose Leslie, 34, confirmed the arrival of their baby boy in February but have not revealed his name. Pictured in April 2019

Kit and Rose confirmed the arrival of their baby boy in February but have not revealed his name.

The couple have largely stayed out of the public eye since announcing that Rose was pregnant via a photoshoot in September last year.

They celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary last summer, after tying the knot in June 2018 at Rose’s aristocratic family’s spectacular 12th-century Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Kit will next be seen on screen in season two of his new series, Modern Love, premiering this week. 

The show is a romantic comedy based on the weekly column of the same name published in The New York Times.

Kit is seen in the trailer playing a hopeless romantic who falls for a girl he meets on the train, played by Lucy Boynton.

Modern Love premieres on August 13 on Amazon Prime Video. 

For confidential mental health support, please contact Samaritans on 116 123. For support regarding alcohol addiction and treatment, please contact UK Rehab on 02038 115 619. 

New venture: Kit will next be seen on screen in season two of his new series, Modern Love, premiering on August 13 on Amazon Prime Video

New venture: Kit will next be seen on screen in season two of his new series, Modern Love, premiering on August 13 on Amazon Prime Video

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