By Daniel J. McLaughlin
Emma Watson has coined a new phrase to describe her relationship status - and it has divided opinion.
The Harry Potter actor told British Vogue her anxieties about turning 30 - but said she was happy with her current situation.
She said that she is not single - but she is "self-partnered".
Watson 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."
Some argue that there needs to be new definitions about relationships, while others mock the "terrible, terrible" phrase.
The Independent's Abby Young-Powell tells people not to mock Watson - saying that there is a reason why others are fed up of being described as 'single women'.
She says that we need new definitions to describe our relationship status in the Tinder age.
Young-Powell argues: "As someone who is also single, I understand. And, while I probably won’t be calling myself "self-partnered" any time soon, I welcome new ways to describe those of us who are not currently in long-term monogamous relationships.
"I've long cringed at the word "single". I find it hard to identify with when I see generalised articles about "singles" loving or hating life, or hear Beyonce sing about all her "single ladies". It’s never sounded like a club I want to be in."
Young-Powell says that the word "single" is too simple for "our modern, messy, chaotic world and the many different types of relationships people have, or for how relationships change over time".
However, the Times' Carol Midgley is not a fan of "self-partnered", calling it "a terrible, terrible phrase".
She ponders whether Watson is one of the thespians that are "saying this stuff to wind us all up and trend on Twitter".
Midgley writes: "There's nothing wrong with being single or the word "single" and single people are unfairly marginalised by a society that fetishises coupledom.
"But euphemising with this kind of pretentious horseshit suggests that there is something wrong with it.
"Self-partner is also a sort of oxymoron, given that the dictionary defines "partner" as a person who shares or is associated with another."
She adds: "Besides, who wants to sound like one of those daft people who get married to themselves in frocks with lavish weddings?"
According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of single people, aged 16 and above, represented over a third of the UK population (35 per cent) in 2018.
The number of singletons increased by 369,000 from the previous year, raising to 16.7 million people out of a relationship in the UK.
Grazia reports that being single is not a concern for most single UK women. A 2017 study found that 61 per cent were "very happy with their relationship status" - and three quarters did not actively seek a partner.