Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie opened up about her husband and former co-star Kit Harington’s addiction struggles. Why she says “It’s on him whether he chooses to drink again.”
When Game of Thrones star Kit Harington underwent rehab, it was a sobering experience for his wife and co-star Rose Leslie as well.
Kit (Jon Snow) and Rose (Ygritte) played lovers on the show and off-screen and have been married since 2018. But Rose says she ultimately learned she couldn’t save her partner from his struggles. The actress made the rare comments in a cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar UK’s June 2022 issue (on sale from May 4).
“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,” said the actress, who stars in the HBO Max series The Time Traveler’s Wife. “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 behavior is on him. It’s not on me to guard him from it.”
In late May 2019, after the finale of Game of Thrones, Harington’s rep told E! News the actor had “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.”
Last August, Harington said he had been sober for 2.5 years following a stint in rehab. The Eternals actor told The Sunday Times that he had sought help for “mainly alcohol” at a Connecticut retreat.
He added that “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.”
“You can imagine the stresses that it causes to those around you,” Harington continued. “I will say about my addictions that I kept them very, very quiet and I was incredibly secretive and incredibly locked up with them. So they came as quite a surprise to the people around me.”
The actor told The Sunday Times that now, life is “wonderful,” saying, I have a child and my relationship is brilliant” and “I’m a very, very happy, content, sober man.”
In early 2021, Harington and Leslie welcomed their first child, a baby boy, whose name they have not disclosed publicly. In her interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the actress detailed how her husband stepped up his dad duties as she filmed The Time Traveler’s Wife, debuting on HBO Max May 15.
“He wore the Baby Björn [carrier] loud and proud,” she said. “And there were many satisfying moments; we had an understanding that, when our son cried in the middle of the night, it was on Kit to go and look after him, as I would have to wake up early to work — it was kind of glorious.”
All the Bombshells From the Kardashians’ Court Trial With Blac Chyna
Nearly five years after Blac Chyna filed a lawsuit against the Kardashians, seeking upwards of $100 million in damages, her case is heading to trial. Find out all the new details.
Blac Chyna’s trial against the Kardashians is officially underway.
Nearly five years after Chyna, born Angela White, filed a lawsuit against the family—including her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian, his sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and his mom Kris Jenner—her case is heading to trial.
Haven’t been keeping up? We’ve got you. In 2017 Chyna filed a lawsuit, alleging that the family was responsible for derailing her reality TV show career. She and Rob starred in their own E! spinoff, 2016’s Rob & Chyna, before splitting that December. In her suit, Chyna alleges that the Kardashians were behind the cancellation of the show’s second season and is suing them for defamation.
Simultaneously, she is also suing Rob for assault, battery, and harassment. As a result, Chyna is seeking upwards of $100 million in damages.
In addition to Chyna and her lawyer, Lynne Ciani, Kim, Khloe, Kris and Kylie (alongside their lawyer, Michael Rhodes) were all present for the California court proceedings on April 18 and as the trial continued in the following days.
Chyna tweeted on April 2 ahead of the trial, “I am so thankful that a jury will finally listen to what really happened behind closed doors — the lies that were told and the damage that was done. At the end of the trial, I’m going to be able to proudly tell King and Dream that I did everything I could to right the wrong that was done to me. And that, in life, it is my hope that they will be able to stand up for themselves when it matters too.”
Keep reading for all of the bombshells from the legal battle so far:
Judge Finds Kim Kardashian Not Liable With Respect to Defamation
On April 29, the judge gave a directed verdict that found Kim not liable with respect to defamation. The judge said there was “no evidence” from the trial that showed Kim had a “responsible part” in publishing defamatory statements against Blac Chyna. The jury is still deliberating on whether or not she should be found guilty of interfering with a contract. The jurors are also deciding whether Kris, Khloe and Kylie—who all testified in court—are liable for defamation and contract interference. Deliberations will resume on May 2.
Pete Davidson Attended the Trial to Support Kim Kardashian
Pete Davidson attended the trial’s closing arguments on April 28 to support girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who made an appearance in a black Balenciaga suit with her hair in a tight bun. According to an eyewitness, Pete was sitting in the back corner of the courtroom. “When Kris and Kylie walked out a little early,” the witness tells E! News, “they both stopped to hug him in his seat.”
Rob Kardashian Testifies That His Love for Blac Chyna Was “Not Real”
While testifying on April 27, Rob said he was not in love with Chyna, who he proposed to in April 2016. He said it seemed like they were only together so that she could pitch a TV show to him. He told the court, “It was not real love, otherwise we would’ve been married.”
He continued by saying the relationship was “all negative.”
Rob said he tried to make their romance work, but didn’t marry her because “I wouldn’t do that to my daughter,” who was born in November 2016.
Rob Kardashian Tells His Side of the Alleged December 2016 Fight
Rob testified on April 27 that Chyna began attacking him throughout the night of Dec. 14 to 15, 2016.
He said Chyna “landed several blows” to his face and “all over” his body using a metal rod. He said he “pulled back” because he was “not going to fight a woman.” He said that night was “the end” of their relationship.
He also alleged that Chyna pointed a gun at him that night, which Chyna denied during her testimony. “You don’t point guns at your fiancé’s head,” Rob said. “I didn’t think it was playful.” He described it as “scary” and denied it was a “happy” time for him.
Rob said he eventually hired full-time armed security for the first time in order to “protect” his family, himself and his daughter, Dream, after Chyna allegedly “put a gun to my head.”
Chyna said in court that she picked up an unloaded gun from the nightstand but did not point it at Rob. During the closing arguments, Chyna’s lawyer alleged that the Kardashians defamed Chyna based on “false” claims of physical abuse regarding the night of Dec. 14, 2016.
Rob Kardashian Discusses His Social Anxiety
When asked about celebrating New Year’s Eve 2016 with Chyna a couple weeks after the alleged gun incident, Rob said it wasn’t a good time for him. “I have social anxiety,” he said, adding that he faces insecurities about his body. He said he had gained weight and didn’t like to leave the house. Rob said Chyna “forced” him to leave that night to go to Mastro’s restaurant in the Los Angeles area, and he “went with it but I wasn’t happy about it.” He noted that he was not “happy” that night in part because of the “crazy” weeks leading up to it.
During Chyna’s prior testimony, she said their celebration at Mastro’s was “really good.” The model added that they spent New Year’s Day hiking and talking about their relationship. “We was just like taking it easy,” she said. “Taking it slow.”
Kim and Khloe Kardashian Deny They Had the Power to End Rob & Chyna
Kim and Khloe took the stand on April 26, saying they didn’t have power to end the E! show Rob & Chyna after one season. Chyna’s lawyer asked Khloe if she wanted the show to be cancelled, and Khloe replied, “We don’t have control.” The reality star later added, “We feel strongly about a lot of things [but] that doesn’t mean anybody is going to listen to us.”
Chyna’s lawyers presented an alleged 2017 text conversation between the Kim and a Keeping Up With the Kardashians producer, though Kim said she didn’t remember sending the messages. At one point, Kim noted that in one text she said the “network doesn’t listen to us,” saying this means her family didn’t have power to influence such show decisions.