Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie reflects on how she and her husband, Kit Harington dealt with his past addiction!
The Good Fight alum, 35 opened up about her husband’s addiction in the cover story of Harper’s Bazaar UK’s June 2022 issue. “For Kit, being an addict, it’s very important for him to recognise himself as such,” said the star.
“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” added Leslie.
The Scottish actress confirmed that Harington is currently “doing well”, adding that he suffered the addiction back in 2019, “so we’re now several years into his sobriety.”
The Game of Thrones starlet said, “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.”
According to the reports, the couple has bought another property in Suffolk and planned to shift there, after Harington gets done with his live performances of Henry V in London.
“We’re going to make a home, try to make friends. We’re just going to use our son!” she quipped about her little 14-month-old baby. “In London, we’re firing on all cylinders, and when we get to the countryside, we can just turn it all off.”
Earlier in August, Harrington opened up about his addiction and told The Sunday Times that he “went through some pretty horrible stuff” after the popular HBO Max show ended in 2019.
“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,” said the star.
“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,’ ” he added.
“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.”
Back in May 2019, Harington stayed in the Privé-Swiss retreat in the US, where he was treated for ‘mainly alcohol’.
A representative of his told the reporters at that time, “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.”