Here’s the only difference between myself and Emma Watson: if I were to declare myself “self-partnered”, my friends and family would likely make graphic assumptions about how I spend my personal time. When she does it? Well, Christ, it makes sense that someone who’s lived multiple lives before the age of 30 would find comfort in her own company.

Speaking to British Vogue for a fresh new interview, the actor and activist discussed the merits of being a single and independent woman in her late 20s, and the societal pressures which can discourage that kind of thing.

“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel, I was like ‘this is spiel, this is totally spiel,'” Watson told Paris Lees. 

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

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The admission came as part of a broader discussion about how Watson even manages her personal life, given the fact she has one of the most recognisable faces on the planet.

The Little Women star said that despite the fact she dons wigs to attend concerts unbothered and has a deep appreciation for identity-hiding Halloween costumes, she does actually find time to date, thank you very much. But even then, notable corners of her past continue to make things weird.

“There’s just been awkward stuff like, making out with someone and I’m on the telly behind us,” Watson said.

“Or I can hear the Harry Potter theme tune as I’m kissing someone, and I’m like do I turn it off? Do I just ignore this?

“Is he thinking about this, or is it just me thinking about this? Maybe he doesn’t know what the Harry Potter theme tune sounds like, maybe it’s just me?”

Come to think of it, I’d rather be “self-partnered” than make out with someone while a video I made as a kid murmured in the background.

You can catch the whole interview below – the “I’m happy single” bit begins at the 28-minute mark:

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