Emma Watson insists she's happily single and calls it being 'self-partnered': 'Why does everyone make big fuss about turning 30?'
It has been more than two decades since millions fell in love with a fresh-faced Emma Watson after she turned out as Hermione Granger in the 'Harry Potter' franchise and there have been some lucky enough to call her their significant other.
The actress's last long-term relationship ended in 2017 when she split with entrepreneur William Knight, and she recently admitted being single was not easy at first, but she's now coined the term 'self-partnered' to come to terms with her current status.
Emma's comments came during an interview with British Vogue where she said that she was riddled with anxiety and stress as her dreaded 30th birthday approached because she had not yet started a family.
"I was like, 'Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal,'" she said. "Cut to 29, and I’m like, 'Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious. And I realize it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around."
She explained that societal norms and such meant that anyone who was exiting their 20s was expected to have everything sorted out and start thinking about starting a family and that it heaps unnecessary pressures.
"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," she said.
"I never believed the whole, 'I'm happy single' spiel," she continued. "I was like, 'This is totally spiel.' It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered."
However, the star, who is set to turn 30 in April 2020, might not be single as she insists. Harpers Bazaar reported that she was snapped kissing a new mystery man outside Gail's Bakery in London just last month.