Sophie Turner Says Fans Picked Apart Her Appearance After Eating Disorder Recovery: 'You Can Never Win'

“I know when I’m in a bad headspace that the eating thing will always flare up,” the actress, 28, said of her struggle with bulimia

<p>Mikael Jansson/Vogue</p> Sophie Turner

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Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner is dealing with criticism on both sides of her eating disorder recovery.

​​In an interview for British Vogue's June cover story, the 28-year-old Game of Thrones alum opened up about having to deal with online trolls as a teenager whenever her weight would fluctuate.

The criticism led to a struggle with body image and eventually, bulimia.

“Being a young girl, especially one growing up in the spotlight, you really judge yourself,” Turner told the outlet.

However, the actress pointed out that even after recovering from her eating disorder, she still heard from critics.

“When you’re bulimic, your face tends to bloat. So when I finally did get better in my early 20s, my face went back to normal. Then, suddenly, all the comments were about whether I’d had buccal fat removal or not,” she said. “So yeah, you can never win.”

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<p>Mikael Jansson/Vogue</p> Sophie Turner British Vogue cover

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Sophie Turner British Vogue cover

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Turner said taking breaks from social media has improved her mental health and helped manage her disordered eating.

“I know when I’m in a bad headspace that the eating thing will always flare up,” she explained. “But now I regulate it by sitting in the discomfort and just getting used to that feeling of being full. It’s all exposure therapy. I think life is exposure therapy.”

Turner, who previously turned to medication and therapy for her mental health struggles, said having a strong community and support system has been crucial to her recovery journey.

The star admitted that motherhood has also been transformative in terms of body image. The Joan actress is mom to daughters Willa, 3, and Delphine, 22 months, who she shares with estranged husband Joe Jonas.

“To be honest, having kids was the best thing for my relationship to my body,” she told the outlet. “I remember after I had my baby, my therapist asked me how I felt in my body. And of course I was like, ‘Well, there’s milk leaking from my breasts and I’ve been bleeding for a month.’ Then she reminded me how amazing it is that our bodies can do this and how important it is to put all the nutrients in your body so that it can do that.”

“I mean, it sounds so simple, but I never thought of my body in that way before,” she said.

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