We have another word to describe this:
First came ‘conscious uncoupling’, a description of divorce that was introduced to the world by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Now comes a new celebrity term for singledom. Emma Watson has announced that she is not single: she is “self-partnered”.
The 29-year-old actress told Vogue magazine that the pressure to have a husband and a baby by the time she turns 30 had left her feeling anxious, but she has now come to terms with it.
“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.”
She went on: “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.”
Or, as the Kiwi bird put it some years back. “Buy a cat and a vibrator. Hey, it works for me!”