Emma Watson was glad she ’empowered’ people with her controversial remarks about being ‘self-partnered’.
The actress, 29, coined the term in an interview with British Vogue last month, and has since admitted she was taken aback by the ‘crazy’ reaction to the phrase, given it was merely a ‘throwaway comment’.
‘Throwaway comment’: Emma Watson was glad she ’empowered’ people with her controversial remarks about being ‘self-partnered’ (pictured last week)
‘I literally said it as a throwaway comment thinking it would go no further.
‘And then I woke up the next morning and my phone’s blowing up and I don’t know why and it’s all my friends messaging me being like, “self-partnered?” This thing’s gone crazy.’
The Little Women star also claimed being ‘self-partnered’ is not solely about being single.
‘It’s much more about your relationship with yourself and the feeling of not somehow being deficient in some way because you’re not with someone,’ she added.
‘Finally happy’: The actress, 29, coined the term in an interview with British Vogue last month, and has since admitted she was taken aback by the ‘crazy’ reaction to the phrase
Emma’s Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton, 32, was just one of her celebrity friends to back her corner.
He told MailOnline: ‘I like it! I’m in the same category to be honest with you, quite happily self-partnered.
‘I think in this day and age it’s not a necessity to be with someone just for the sake of being with someone, so I like the idea of self-partnering. I think you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, so that’s a start.’
Emma used the phrase when she admitted to Vogue magazine it took her a ‘long time’ to be comfortable with her single status.
She said: ‘I never believed the whole “I’m happy single” spiel. I was like, “This is totally spiel”.
‘I’m in the same category’: Emma’s Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton, 32, was just one of her celebrity friends to back her corner (pictured together this summer)
‘It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.’
Emma’s new term seemed to be a nod towards Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s famous catchphrase ‘conscious uncoupling’ – used to describe their divorce when they split in 2014.
The Beauty and The Beast star was last romantically linked to Dominic Piazza, with the pair spotted on several outings in August. She also had a brief fling with former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, 40.
Emma previously dated Glee actor Chord Overstreet last year, but they split after six months.
She has previously said she prefers not to date celebrities. ‘I don’t date people who are famous,’ she told Elle Australia.
‘I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me. I wish I could protect them.’
Next up for Emma’s career is her starring role as Meg in the hugely anticipated adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women.
Emma plays the eldest of the March sisters, who contend with money worries, societal pressures and romantic escapades during the American Civil War.
Back on the big screen: Next up for Emma’s career is her starring role as Meg in the hugely anticipated adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women
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