Emma Watson Isn’t Single, She’s ‘Self-Partnered’

Single isn’t single anymore

Emma Watson is a lot of things. She’s an actress, she’s an activist, and she’s a wordsmith. She’s termed a new word to describe being single, she’s not single, no, she’s ‘self-partnered’.

Chatting to British Vogue, the Harry Potter star, said that as soon as she turned 29 she thought “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.” I suppose it’s a very similar feeling to when you order at the drive-thru and you feel pretty safe that all of the food was put in the bag, but the further you get from McDonald’s and the closer you get to home the more anxiety you have that you should have checked the bag, because maybe they forget the nuggets, what if they forgot the nuggets?!

So Emma Watson started to feel like her Maccas bag of life was getting close to home and was missing some nuggets and found a way to be happy with that state of affairs, even though she’s going to get home and have three packets of sweet & sour sauce and no nuggets to dip in them. You know, metaphorically.

“It took me a long time, but I’m very happy. I call it being self-partnered.”

And while ‘self-partnered’ does sound like how you’d describe somebody starting their own law firm, it is a great way to get out of people asking you about being single.

Christmas is just around the corner, and you know Grandma is going to ask about your romantic life, so just drop that you prefer to call it being “self-partnered” and Grandma will definitely drop the topic.