People have been going through breakups since the dawn of humanity (I assume) and some have been fairly amicable. Despite that, there’s never really been a word for friendly breakups until Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin “consciously uncoupled”.
100% there’s people in Kent claiming they’ve been through a “conscious uncoupling” now, and even better yet, some pretty entitled people are going to have a new way to call themselves single.
My second ever crush – after Chelsea from That’s so Raven – Emma Watson, has recently referred to herself as “self-partnered” in an interview with Vogue and now that’s going to be in the Instagram bio of a lot of white girls. Happy days.
To the 29-year-old actor’s credit, she said it in an off-hand remark when remarking how being single isn’t as bad as she thought it would be, but as is the way with Twitter and online articles, it’s being taken out of context as if she’s really smug about it.
Speaking about achievements she wanted to make going into her 30s, she said:
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. 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.“
She went on, speaking about the pressures of turning 30 (in a few months) and what people expect of her…
“I was like, ‘Why does everyone make such a big fuss about turning 30? This is not a big deal’… Cut to 29, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I feel so stressed and anxious.’
“And I realise it’s because there is suddenly this bloody influx of subliminal messaging around. 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.”
Let’s be fair, she has achieved an awful lot in her time, so she should feel pretty proud going into her 30s.
Mind you, I doubt Emma Watson needs to hear it from me that she’s doing well…
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