Emma Watson Rejects Taboo Around Singlehood, Says She Is ‘Self-Partnered’

Carla Harmon
November 8, 2019

"I had never believed all that speech of "I'm very happy being single".

For the longest time, the term "single" has had attached to itself a negative connotation.

Emma Watson may be flying solo for now, but she has a strong partner in her life: herself.

Watson, 29, said she had struggled with anxiety and stress as she approaches her 30th birthday in April next year, eventually realising it was because she was facing an "influx of subliminal messaging".

"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 ..." The world - or at least the world of social media - wasn't ready to take self-partnering seriously and it didn't take long for critics to take aim.

The actress - or at least the term she chose - was fair game.

Everyone knows Hermione Granger is the brightest witch of her age, and Emma Watson surely proved she can be Hermione on or off-camera. 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. Additionally, she's not even keen on dating celebrities. "This is not a big deal...'" she shares.

"It's so freaky and otherworldly what happened to me", she said, adding that had she not gotten the part, she likely would have still pursued performance in some other way. Or just see just me. One could say she'd like to be un-partnered with the brilliant witch. There is a difference between being single because you couldn't find someone to date versus being single because you want to be and often, many just assume it is because you couldn't find a date.

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