One of the actor’s representatives reveals, “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,” Reuters reports.
Harington has been open in the past about seeking therapy through his 20s and the effects that his nearly instantaneous “Game of Thrones” fame had on his mental health.
“I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable,” he revealed to Variety.
In a separate interview with Esquire, Harington revealed that the end of the show was rough for him as well, reporting that he was fine until the last moments of shooting the final scene of the series.
“I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit,” he says. “It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again.”
He’s not the only cast member who’s opened up about how tough it was to part with the show and grow a massive following overnight.
Costars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have both been open in recent months about their own struggles, both ladies pointing fingers at social media for fueling many of their troubles.
“There’s just a constant feed in your back pocket of what people think of you. It’s impossible to turn a blind eye,” Williams said in an interview with Fearne Cotton on her Happy Place podcast.
“Game of Thrones” fans around the world are grateful for the stars of the show for doing justice to characters and a fictional world they grew to care about so deeply.
Many are reaching out with their words of encouragement, urging them all to take whatever time and resources they need to focus on themselves.
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