Emma Watson coins phrase 'self-partnered' as she describes being 'very happy' single
Harry Potter star Emma Watson has coined an empowering phrase for being single, referring to herself as "self-partnered" in a new interview for British Vogue.
In the interview, which accompanied a photoshoot with British Vogue, Watson opened up about the pressure of having a stereotypically ideal family life by the time we've reached the age of 30.
The Little Women actress, who turns 30 in April, explains that she never used to understand why people would "make such a big fuss about" about reaching the milestone.
Here's a nostalgic throwback to a 14-year-old Emma Watson on The Regis And Kelly Show:
When the former child actress turned 29, however, she confessed to feeling "stressed and anxious" as a result of the "bloody influx of subliminal messaging" she was exposed to.
"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," Watson said.
The actress-turned-activist also said that she never used to believe what she referred to as the "‘I’m happy single’ spiel", but that her perspective on being single has since changed.
"I was like, ‘This is totally spiel’,” she said. "It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered."
Watson’s coining of the phrase harks back to Gwyneth Paltrow’s own term "conscious uncoupling" which she used to describe her divorce from Chris Martin in 2014.
It was also in 2014, that Watson told Ella Australia that she prefers not to date other celebrities.
"I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I wish I could protect them," she told the publication.
The full interview British Vogue can be found in the December issue, which is out on newsstands on 8 November