Despite the fact that it’s 2019 and humans should be evolved enough to know that romantic relationships aren’t the sole purpose of life, people still really seem to care about who everyone else is dating. This is particularly true for celebrities, and even more so for female celebrities like Emma Watson, who recently revealed that she’s not single, she’s “self-partnered.”
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Watson is turning 30 soon and in an interview with British Vogue, she admitted that she’s been feeling a little anxious about that, especially since she’s so far off the many milestones that society still tells women we should be aiming for: a husband, a house, and kids. However, she’s since come to a place of peace with her lack of relationship status and realized she’s all she needs in life.
Emma Watson coins phrase ‘self-partnered’ as she describes being ‘very happy’ single https://t.co/XmhVrt6m5L
— Evening Standard (@EveningStandard) November 5, 2019
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she said. “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.”
All about being ‘self partnered’, I’m happy and single. Just because I’m nearing 30 does not mean I need to be married with kids. Thanks for coining this phrase Emma Watson ❤️
— Hannah Tucker (@h_tucks) November 5, 2019
First of all, love the term. It’s not easy to coin a meaningful new term, but “self-partnered” definitely fits the bill. Second of all, how relatable is Emma Watson? There are likely millions of young women (and men) out there who relate all too well with the struggle of being told you need someone else to complete you while working actively to complete yourself and enjoy that precious relationship.
Although 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? pic.twitter.com/XPj79ebc6G
— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) November 5, 2019
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Twitter lost their minds over Watson’s comment and immediately voiced their support.
I like this #selfpartnered concept.
It is simpler and more comfortable being on your own, doing your own thing. Happiness is more easily attainable. It all comes back to self-love and being content on your own with yourself, an important place to be at mentally and emotionally.
— Hot Bot (@LuxeGiorgio) November 5, 2019
As one user wrote, “It is simpler and more comfortable being on your own, doing your own thing. Happiness is more easily attainable. It all comes back to self-love and being content on your own with yourself, an important place to be at mentally and emotionally.”
Can’t wait to throw the I am #SelfPartnered to certain family members and watch them literally choke on air, because I refuse to accept the “you need a rich man with a fast car to look after you” backwards thinking.
— Helen Lambert (@HRLambert) November 5, 2019
Another added, “The takeaway from this piece isn’t the term “self-partnered” but the fact that you can be a BAFTA recipient, UN goodwill ambassador, and beloved icon of a generation of women and people will still ask if you feel like a failure because you’re 30 and not married with kids.”
The takeaway from this piece isn’t the term “self-partnered” but the fact that you can be a BAFTA recipient, UN goodwill ambassador, and beloved icon of a generation of women and people will still ask if you feel like a failure because you’re 30 and not married with kids. https://t.co/pxSPUhWswH
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) November 5, 2019
Of course, there were a few detractors who had negative things to say about Watson’s statement, but that’s to be expected. After all, bucking what remains somewhat of a societal norm is an affront to those who still subscribe to it, but screw that sexist crap. You go, Emma Watson!
Emma Watson using the term “self partnering” sounds like someone who is reframing negative thinking to gain a kinder relationship to her self. But we should definitely tear her apart, can’t let anyone get too cocky on Keanu Reeves Isn’t Dating A 22 Year Old Bikini Model Day
— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) November 5, 2019