Emma Watson Has Coined A New Term For Being Single: ‘Self-Partnered’

How very 'consciously uncoupled' of her.

Emma Watson has a relationship update for you – she’s happily single, or in her own words, ‘self-partnered’.

The actress is British Vogue’s December cover star ahead of the release of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, in which she plays Meg March.

In the accompanying interview, Emma discussed how she feels about turning 30 in April, and the pressure on women to have certain things ‘ticked off’ by a certain age.

She revealed that this year has been “tough”, given that she “had all these ideas” of how her life should look at 29:

I was like, “Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal…” Cut to 29, and I’m like “Oh my god, I feel so stressed and anxious.” And I realise it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around.

If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.

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Introducing @EmmaWatson as the star of #BritishVogue’s December 2019 cover. At 29, Watson is one of the most recognisable faces on the planet, with some 100 million devoted followers on social media. The actor and activist sat down with @Paris.Lees to offer a rare insight into her day-to-day life, as they discussed how Watson is using her unique platform to champion causes like gender equality, reproductive rights and sustainability, her dreams for the future, and her role as Margaret “Meg” March in Greta Gerwig’s all-star reboot of Little Women. Click the link in bio for @Edward_Enninful’s editor’s letter and see the full story in the new issue, on newsstands Friday November 8. #EmmaWatson wears @AlexanderMcQueen ruffled minidress and white and gold diamond @Chopard earrings. Photographed by @AlasdairMcLellan and styled by @PoppyKain, with hair by @AnthonyTurnerHair, make-up by @LynseyAlexander, nails by @LorrainevGriffin, set design by @AndyHillmanStudio.

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It’s sort of comforting to hear that even Emma Watson is having a nervy b before her 30th. And despite being a formidable woman with achievements coming out of her ears, she admits it took her a while to feel happy being single.

“I never believed this whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel… It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

Self-partnered has nice connotations, but somehow, we can’t see it catching on. Whatever floats your boat, Em.


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