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Emma Watson Thinks So-Called 'Easy' Relationships Are BS

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By Brooklyn Denton

When it comes to love and relationships, Emma Watson has a pretty realistic viewpoint. Her thoughts are that none of it is easy and she calls BS on anyone who claims otherwise. Anything worth having doesn't come easy, and that goes double for Watson in terms of relationships. In her opinion, the most successful couples don't get through ease, but through hard work and continuous effort.

It's something that the Harry Potter alum spoke on in a recent interview with Teen Vogue.

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"The idea that relationships are supposed to be easy and it’s all supposed to be implicitly understood, and you’re just meant to get each other, it’s bulls**t! It’s impossible!" she exclaimed in conversation with Valerie Hudson for the mag.

The 29-year-old actress also stated that some of the healthiest relationships she's seen aren't from the heterosexual world but are in fact from the LGBTQ community. Her belief is rooted in the fact that she sees them "sit down and agree [on] things."

Communication is the cornerstone of a healthy, effective relationship and Watson says the couples she knows have it down pat. The actress says the nontraditional nature of their dynamic is a significant "why".

"I feel that relationships that don’t necessarily follow traditional models do require more communication and consent. It requires an actual conversation and agreement about the delegation of tasks and labor and responsibilities that maybe you don’t feel that you need to have or should have if you follow those traditional stereotypes."

She continued, "They agree [on] things between them as opposed to [accepting] certain sets of assumptions and expectations that are made."

Watson also expressed interest in kink culture. Both subjects are analyzed by the starlet because they offer "a really helpful model" for healthy communication. "I’ve also kind of become slightly fascinated by kink culture because they are the best communicators ever. They know all about consent. They [understand] that stuff because they really have to get it — but we could all use those models; they’re actually really helpful models."

As for her own dating life, Watson made headlines late last year when she revealed that she was the love of her own life and preferred to be viewed as "self-partnered" versus "single". "Single" implied that there was something missing and Watson wanted to assure the world that she was very much whole and complete as her own partner in life.

In that interview, she told British Vogue that the "happily single" phrase people often touted was also BS and something she never believed when others claimed.

"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 explained.

In her recent conversation with Teen Vogue, she expounded on her coined term even further. "For me it wasn’t so much about coining a word; it was more that I needed to create a definition for something that I didn’t feel there was language for. And it was really interesting because it really riled some people up!"

She continued, "It was less for me about the word but more about what it meant — just this idea that we need to reclaim language and space in order to express ourselves because sometimes it’s really not there."

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