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Emma Watson has been world-famous since the tender age of nine. Since making her film debut as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, Watson has since gained recognition for her activism. She’s particularly passionate about gender equality and was appointed United Nations Women Goodwill ambassador in 2014. So, when it comes to her personal life and relationship status, the star has some suitably modern terms to employ.

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Watson has achieved a great deal in her young life. Aside from starring in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, she’s also appeared in others smashes such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty and the Beast. Her modelling career has seen her front successful advertising campaigns and she’s even found the time to pick up a degree in English literature back in 2014. Amazingly, all of this has occurred before she’s even reached the age of 30.

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However, that milestone is fast approaching for the 29 year-old, and like many others about to turn 30, Watson has been reflecting on getting older. Speaking to Vogue in November 2019, she elaborated on the pressures of reaching this stage of her life. She said, “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.”

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For some people, not being in a relationship by the age of 30 can be a cause for concern. Watson, on the other hand, is apparently quite comfortable with her own status. However, rather than describing herself as being single, she has another term for it. In her own words, “I call it being self-partnered.”

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Such a positive attitude is indicative of the sense of empowerment for which Watson has long been advocating. Additionally, the star’s feminism is clearly expressed through her work. Last Christmas saw the release of the Greta Gerwig-helmed adaptation of Little Women, starring Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. Talking about her character in the film, Watson said, “Her way of being a feminist is making the choice. Because that’s really, for me anyway, what feminism is about.”

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