Don’t call me self-partnered – not all of us are tragic Bridget ...

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Don’t call me self-partnered – not all of us are tragic Bridget Joneses

Emma Watson’s rebranding of her relationship status shows we still don’t believe a woman can be happy alone

Radhika Sanghani

Emma Watson is not single. Nor is she in a relationship: the 29-year-old actress has this week declared that she is “self-partnered”. And lo, just as Gwyneth Paltrow rebranded “divorce” as “conscious uncoupling”, the Hollywood-ification of humdrum relationship terms continues.

In an interview with British Vogue, the UN goodwill ambassador said she never used to believe in the “I’m happy single spiel”, where people profess not to be looking for a relationship and maintain they are happy alone. But now, approaching her 30th birthday, she has finally embraced it: “It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

Her phrase of choice has, naturally, raised eyebrows on social media: “If she’s self-partnered, what happens when she enters a relationship?” asked one Twitter user. “Is she going to cheat on herself or practise bigamy?” While another revised much-loved romcoms for the self-partnered age, including “When Sally Met Sally” and “Breakfast For One At Tiffany’s”...

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