After Turner, 27, filed the paperwork on Thursday, September 21, fans pointed out her previous comments about missing the U.K. “I’m slowly dragging my husband back [to England],” she told Elle UK in May 2022. “I really love living in America but, for my mental health, I have to be around my friends and my family.”
The actress, who shares two daughters with Jonas, 34, said she would “love” for her kids to “get the education and school life” that she was raised with while growing up in Chesterton, Warwickshire, England.
“I miss England so much. The people, the attitude, everything,” she continued. “England would ideally be the final destination, but [Joe] might take quite a bit of convincing!”
Us Weekly confirmed on September 5 that Jonas filed to end his marriage to Turner after four years. The petition stated it was “in the best interests of the minor children that the parties have shared parental responsibility.”
Jonas and Turner subsequently broke their silence one day after their split made headlines.
“After four wonderful years of marriage we have mutually decided to amicably end our marriage,” read a joint statement shared via Instagram. “There are many speculative narratives as to why but, truly this is a united decision and we sincerely hope that everyone can respect our wishes for privacy for us and our children.”
The situation turned messy, however, when Turner sued Jonas. She alleged in Thursday’s court documents that Jonas is wrongfully detaining their children in New York City following the pair’s alleged agreement to make England their “forever home.” Turner went on to accuse her estranged husband of being in “possession of the children’s passports” and refusing “to return” them or to allow their kids to travel overseas.
In response, Jonas’ rep issued a statement denying the accusations.
“This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending. When language like ‘abduction’ is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst. The children were not abducted,” the statement to Us read. “After being in Joe’s care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the U.K. and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently.”
During her May 2022 interview, Turner opened up about making an effort to bring aspects of the U.K. into her new home life. “I buy stuff from the British Marketplace. In the States, the chocolate ain’t good, the crisps ain’t good,” she told the outlet at the time. “It’s not the same. I need my Bisto gravy — all the good s–t!”
The Game of Thrones alum also gushed over raising her family in Miami, adding, “We’re very lucky to live in Miami. We have good weather and live by the water. We try to keep it as chill as possible and just cherish those times, because we don’t get them very often.” (The exes sold their Miami mansion in August for $15 million.)
At the time, Turner explained how important it was to her to have a healthy work-life balance. “It’s difficult because I’m someone who doesn’t like change. I like consistency and, with the job I have, it’s not attainable,” she told the outlet. “So, I move everything — my daughter, my entire house! There is no more staying in hotel rooms. We get a house and commit to it.”
Turner concluded: “I couldn’t not go home to my daughter at the end of the day. Joe’s job is bouncing around from city to city every night. I have a longer amount of time in one place, so it makes sense for me to have her with me.”