Rose Leslie Says She Won’t ‘Protect’ Husband Kit Harington From Addiction

The iron Throne star Rose Leslie explained that part of learning how to deal with her husband Kit HaringtonHe learned that alcohol addiction was something he had to work out on his own.

The actress opened up about her partner’s journey to sobriety for the first time in a new cover for Harper’s Bazaar United Kingdom, telling this magazine that “For Kit, being an addict, it is very important for him to recognize himself as such.” She added, “The AA community has provided such a warm space for him to feel heard, to make sure he’s not alone. But if it hadn’t been for rehab, he’d be in a very different state of mind right now.

Leslie said they were both “doing well” and Harrington is “several years into his sobriety now”, having first sought treatment in May 2019 by enrolling in the Private-Swiss Wellness retreat in the Connecticut. She continued, “I learned a lot about addiction and it’s something Kit is always going to be aware of, but it’s up to him to choose whether to drink again. No amount of nannying will stop him from doing what he decides to do… I don’t choose to put that pressure on myself. The responsibility for his behavior rests with him. It’s not up to me to protect him.

At the moment the couple are focused on building their life together, recently buying a second home in Suffolk where they plan to go after Harington wraps up his performances of Henry V at Donmar Warehouse in London. “We are going to start a home, try to make friends. We’ll just use our son! Leslie joked referring to their 14-month-old baby boy. “In London we are firing on all cylinders, and when we get to the countryside we can just turn it all off.”

Harington also spoke candidly about his issues with alcohol in an August 2021 interview with The Sunday Timestelling the outlet that he “went through some pretty awful stuff” after the finale of The iron Throne. “You get to a place where you feel like a bad person, you feel like a shameful person. And you feel like there’s no way out, it’s just who you are. And getting sober is saying, ‘No, I can change,” he explained. “One of my favorite things I’ve learned lately is that the phrase ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots” is completely wrong: that a leopard actually changes its spots. I just think it’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped. It was something I was hanging on to; the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I was going about my life.

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