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‘Self-partnered’: Twitter reacts to Emma Watson’s take on single-life

by Grace McGettigan
06th Nov 2019

Emma Watson is self-partnered

Emma Watson is self-partnered

Emma Watson said she’s not single, she’s “self-partnered” – and Twitter users have a lot to say about it. Here are some of the best responses to the star’s recent ‘British Vogue’ interview

Emma Watson has coined a new phrase for being single – and Twitter users have mixed feelings.

In a new interview with British Vogue, the actress turned women’s rights activist spoke about being ‘self-partnered’. It’s her way of saying she’s single and she’s happy about it.

Watson said it took a long time to reach this point. Speaking to Paris Lees, she said that society’s pressure on women to be in a relationship by 30 left her “stressed and anxious”.

“If you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety,” she told the magazine.

Now, as Watson approaches her 30th birthday, she says, “It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”


Twitter users have had a mixed reaction to the phrase ‘self-partnered’. Some think it’s a wonderful way of saying, ‘I’m focusing on me and improving my relationship with myself’. Self-care at its finest.

Others have said it’s the most “stupid” word to have come from Celeb-Land since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “conscious uncoupling” in 2014.

One tweet read, “Maybe it’s because when you tell someone you’re single, the automatic assumption is that you’re actively looking for a partner, so by saying self-partnered you’re making it clear that you’d actually rather be on you’re own right now?”

Here are some of our favourite reactions so far:

Photo: Emma Watson via Instagram

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