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Kit Harrington reveals mental health battle

Kit Harrington
Kit Harrington Image credit: variety.com

Kit Harington has shared his battles with mental health and addiction which spiralled out of control during filming of the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019.

After shooting the eighth series of the popular fantasy drama Harrington checked in to a wellness retreat for “personal issues”.

In a recent interview with The Times Kit revealed: “Things that have happened to me since [Game Of Thrones] ended, and that were happening during [the show], were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol.”

The actor went on to say: “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.”

Harrington also spoke about his struggles with mental health and suicidal thoughts.

“I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things,” he explained.

“Maybe [this interview will] help someone, somewhere. But I definitely don’t want to be seen as a martyr or special. I’ve been through something, it’s my stuff. If it helps someone, that’s good.”

Kit Harrington has royal blood, his eighth-great-grandfather was Charles II of England.