Sophie Turner, the 21-year-old actress who portrays Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is engaged to Joe Jonas. The couple, who have been dating for just under a year, made the announcement in simultaneous Instagram posts on Sunday.
The relationship between the two started somewhat secretive, with Turner not actually confirming it until a few months after reports of them dating emerged last year. A source told PEOPLE in June that Jonas was “taking this relationship very seriously,” and they’d been spotted numerous times spending quality time together.
“She’s the female equivalent of him and his family loves her too,” the source told the magazine.
Here’s what we know about the relationship between Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas.
1. They Had Been Dating Since Fall 2016
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have been dating since November 2016, according to PEOPLE.
When precisely their relationship began is unclear, but they were seen partying together on Halloween 2016, and then in early November, they were seen sitting together and getting cozy at a Kings of Leon concert. Someone who attended that concert also told PEOPLE that they saw Turner and Jonas kissing several times throughout the evening.
In November, Jonas and Turner also attended a wedding together in Malibu, and late in the month, they were seen leaving a New York hotel together.
Jonas had previously dated model Gigi Hadid.
2. Turner Reportedly Had a Crush on Jonas Before They Started Dating
When Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas first started dating, it was reported that Turner had been crushing on him for some time.
PEOPLE Magazine in particular reported in November 2016 that Turner has had a crush on Jonas “for a while” but that he wasn’t initially willing to settle down.
“He thinks she’s a cool girl,” PEOPLE reported. “She’s always been into him, but he’s starting to like her more and more.”
In December, a source told PEOPLE that Jonas “was playing the field, but he really likes her and is willing to settle down for her.”
3. They Spent Thanksgiving Together Last Year & Jonas Has Met Turner’s Parents
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were spotted last year on a trip to meet Turner’s parents, according to OK Magazine.
In addition, last November, Turner traveled to California’s Mammoth Mountain to have Thanksgiving dinner with the Jonas family, according to PEOPLE Magazine.
Nick Jonas apparently approves of the relationship, posting a photo on his Instagram page of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas at a wedding in Malibu.
4. Turner Says She Likes Dating Someone in the Entertainment Industry
Sophie Turner’s Game of Thrones co-star and one of her close friends in real life, Maisie Williams, is currently dating someone who is not famous and not a part of the entertainment industry. But Turner says she finds it easier to date someone who understands the life of a celebrity.
“I found it easier to date someone who understands the industry or is in that world,” Turner told InStyle. “You realize that you’re not going to see each other all the time. And you don’t feel like a jerk when you’re like, ‘My publicist says I can’t do this.'”
Still, she says that dating someone in Hollywood isn’t all that different from dating someone anywhere else.
“I think the key is to remember that it’s just like any other relationship and if you’re in Hollywood or if you’re in Africa, it’s all the same,” Turner told Entertainment Tonight. “Just love and be loved.”
5. Turner Says the Relationship Is Private
Sophie Turner has not talked much about her relationship with Joe Jonas.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Turner said, “I’m in a relationship, but it’s a very private relationship.”
And in an interview with InStyle, she said that she prefers to “keep things pretty private.”
What she means is that the details of the relationship are private; she’s clearly okay with her fans knowing that she is dating Joe Jonas, and in January, she confirmed the relationship by posting a photo of Jonas on her Instagram.
Turner has said that she really hates the fact that every time she walks somewhere with Joe Jonas, it makes the news.
“You do feel like you’re living in a fishbowl,” she told Marie Claire in an interview. “…It’s frustrating [that] it’s the most mundane things that make the news – how boring! There are really no other headlines?”
Still, it seems that Joe Jonas makes Sophie Turner very happy. Though it wasn’t clear whether she was referring to Jonas specifically, Turner told the Sunday Times that certain people she has met recently have helped her become less isolated than she used to be.
“I very much isolated myself for a while and forgot what was fun,” she said. “Going out with friends, going out to eat, not really having a care. And people I’ve met recently in my life have drawn me out of that…I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time.”
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