To all the people who think his marriage is circling the drain, he’s heard you and he has a message: Joe Jonas just responded to Sophie Turner divorce rumors.
The Game of Thrones star and pop music icon connected in 2016. While oh-so-casually modeling with a unicorn for Harper’s Bazaar UK, Turner explained that she and Jonas had quite a few mutual friends try to set them up, but it just never ended up happening. She said it must have been fate, though, because “[they] were following each other on Instagram, and he direct messaged [her] one fine day, out of the blue.” Bold move! But clearly, it worked in his favor. It’s also a technique that the JoBros seem to really like. Nick Jonas slid into his now-wife’s Twitter DMs with the line, “I think we should connect.”
A year later, he popped the question, and they got married in Vegas in 2019. Their first child, daughter Willa, was born in 2020 and their second, another daughter, in 2022. “It’s been amazing to be a dad and to learn every day more about myself and what that’s like,” Jonas told PEOPLE at the time. “It’s what life is about for me – raising the next generation,” Turner told Elle UK. “The greatest thing in life is seeing my daughter go from strength to strength. We’re so excited to be expanding the family. It’s the best blessing ever.”
But after news broke over the Labor Day 2023 weekend that he’d hired a divorce lawyer, Joe Jonas set the record straight.
Joe Jonas responds to Sophie Turner divorce rumors
Joe Jonas responded to Sophie Turner divorce rumors by sharing a black and white snap on his Instagram clearly showing his wedding ring still on his finger.
It was in response to reports from TMZ, then by People, that the A-listers were heading for a split according to anonymous insiders. “Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … Joe had his people contact and consult with at least 2 L.A.-area divorce lawyers and he is on the cusp of filing divorce docs to end his marriage to Sophie,” the tabloid said, observing that he’s gone with and without his wedding ring on public outings.
TMZ added that they were told Turner and Jonas have had “serious problems” for the good part of the year, and that “Joe has been caring for their 2 young children “pretty much all of the time,” even as his band was touring. We’re told Joe currently has both kids, as the group plays around the U.S.” People, meanwhile, reported that Jonas “had retained a divorce lawyer”, though the article noted that reps for neither star commented on the rumors.
If it were true, it wouldn’t be the first time the couple has faced challenges. Apparently, Turner and Jonas went through a breakup right before their wedding. The Game of Thrones actress explained that the couple split for 24 hours before realizing it was a horrible decision and got back together. “It was the worst day of our lives,” she explained to The Sunday Times. But thankfully, it helped them realize they should be together. “For a second, we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, ‘Never mind.’”
They tied the knot with a surprise wedding in Las Vegas in 2019, and went through a rocky point in their relationship. Turner said it had a lot to do with her mental health. “I was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell,” the 23-year-old recalled. “He was, like, ‘I can’t be with you until you love yourself, I can’t see you love me more than you love yourself.’ That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way.”
Turner went on to explain why she was going through such a rough time. Rising to such quick fame at the age of 13 (when Game of Thrones came out) was a lot for her to handle.
Dealing with online critics also took a toll on the young actress. “Having your adolescence being displayed in public, that’s something I really wish hadn’t happened,” Turner said. “Being in the age of social media when that’s happening, I think I would be a much saner person if I hadn’t been documented from 13 — your most awkward, uncomfortable, unsure-of-yourself years.”
Turner has repeatedly credited Jonas for helping her through tough times. While speaking with Phil McGraw back in April, she told the Dr. Phil host, “I’m with someone that makes me realize I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose. And when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”
While speaking with the Times, the Dark Phoenix star also gave Game of Thrones a shoutout, explaining that her character, Sansa Stark, taught her what it was like to have strength. Turner thanked Sansa for giving her the ability to cope with her issues.
“It sounds stupid, but I don’t think I would have been able to get through the hardships — I mean, boo hoo — but the hardships, mental health-wise, in my life without playing Sansa and without having that constant inspiration,” she told the outlet. “If she can do it, then I can definitely do it.”
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