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Emma Watson Just Returned to Twitter After 9 Months Over This Rumor

She just gave an update on her personal life and her professional one, too.

Social media tends to be the place where celebrities both stir the pot and settle it, and on Monday, May 17, Emma Watson seemed to set out to accomplish the latter on Twitter. The actor and activist returned to the platform for the first time since Aug. 2020 to dispel rumors involving her relationship and her career that have been circulating for months. The 31-year-old wanted to make clear to her fans, followers, and anyone listening that unless you hear it from her mouth—or her tweets—you can assume reports about her life aren't worth paying attention to.

In addition to addressing rumors, Watson also touched on what she has been doing during the pandemic. Read on to find out what brought Watson back to Twitter for the first time in nine months.

Recently, there were rumors Watson had quit acting.

Emma Watson at the 2018 BAFTA Tea Party
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In February, the Daily Mail reported that Watson's acting career was "dormant" according to her agent, which the publication said "appears to be movie-speak for she's 'given up acting.'"

Watson soon began trending on Twitter as fans talked about her supposed retirement. But, not long after that, her manager clarified to Entertainment Weekly that Watson was not retiring from acting. "Emma's social media accounts are dormant but her career isn't," the manager told EW.

Now, her Twitter is back in action—at least temporarily—but her Instagram profile reads, "Emma's official Instagram page is currently dormant and is not being updated."

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There was also a report that she got engaged.

Emma Watson at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017
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The February Daily Mail report also suggested that the reason Watson was allegedly quitting acting was to spend more time with her "rumored fiancé," Watson's boyfriend, Leo Robinton. A source told the publication, "Emma has gone underground, she is settling down with Leo. They're laying low. Maybe she wants a family."

Around the same time, Watson had been photographed with a ring on her ring finger, which The Sun reported, "sparked engagement rumors," even though the photo showed that she was wearing rings on two fingers that day.

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Now, Watson has shut down both rumors on Twitter.

Emma Watson at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards
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On Monday, Watson tweeted about both rumors and said that when she does have news, she'll tell fans.

"Dear Fans, Rumours about whether I'm engaged or not, or whether my career is 'dormant or not' are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue," she wrote, adding in a second tweet, "If I have news – I promise I'll share it with you."

In two more tweets, Watson gave an update about her time during the pandemic and wished fans well. "In the mean time please assume no news from me just means I'm quietly spending the pandemic the way most people are – failing to make sourdough bread (!), caring for my loved ones and doing my best not to spread a virus that is still affecting so many people," the Bling Ring star continued. "I am sending so much love to you, hoping you're ok and as well and happy as you can be in these strange times. And again, thank you to everyone working so hard to keep us safe and well. E Xx."

There is some insight about Watson's career and life out there.

Emma Watson at the premiere of "This Is the End" in 2013
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Though Watson has not retired from acting, she isn't officially tied to any upcoming projects right now. Her most recent film was Little Women in 2019, and before that, she starred in The Circle and Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

As for her relationship with Robinton, she hasn't opened up about it, but the two are said to have started dating in the fall of 2019. This timeline would match up with an interview Watson gave that was published in British Vogue's Dec. 2019 issue. "It took me a long time, but I'm very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered," she said at the time, adding that she was dating. "Not one specific person," she said, "but I'm going on dates."

Aside from that, Watson is still known for being an activist, particularly when it comes to equal rights for women and sustainable fashion. She has been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014. "I feel uncomfortable taking up as much space as I'm taking up and not speaking about [politics and social justice]," she told British Vogue. "It just doesn't feel right anymore."

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Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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