Actress and activist, Emma Watson prefers to call herself “self-partnered” rather than single as her 30th birthday approaches. She came up with the phrase during an interview with British Vogue as she discussed the pressure that comes with turning 30.
In the interview, Watson expresses the stress and anxiety she has felt because of all the ways her life is “supposed to be” by the time she turned 30. Watson states, “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.”
As a young person approaching this “big milestone,” there are a lot of societal pressures to achieve these sorts of things by a given age and Watson feels overwhelmed by it all. She is not even in a romantic relationship, however that does not bother her. She has learned to accept and be content with the way she is.
Watson says, “I never believed the 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.”
Thus the term “self-partnered” is born!
The full interview will be featured in British Vogue‘s December issue and will be available from November 8th. Another thing happening later this year is Watson returning to the big screen! She will appear in the film “Little Women” alongside her fellow activists, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep.