As we’ve learned recently, even celebrities aren’t immune to painful breakups.
Just ask Emma Watson, who split from rugby star Matt Janney in December 2014, after a year of dating. As the actress/activist learned, one of the most jarring parts of going through a breakup is that you suddenly find yourself feeling a little less complete. It’s a realization that can seep in slowly or all at once, and, depending on the circumstances of the breakup, it can feel relieving and peaceful, or scary and sad.
So to combat that whirlwind of confusing feelings, the 25-year-old decided to straight-up escape. Emma opened up to Vogue UK about her recent breakup, explaining that she dealt with it by booking herself a getaway in Canada’s Rocky Mountains at a private oasis that enforces a week-long silent vow.
“I felt really uncomfortable, even before my relationship ended,” Emma said. “I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.”
Women, take note: Emma may be on to something here. Instead of fighting your newfound loneliness with noise — in the form of crying sessions with friends or Netflix binge-watching — serene silence may be just as powerful a coping mechanism.
Despite calling her breakup with Janney “horrendous,” Emma went on to explain that, overall, she’s had pretty positive dating experiences, despite her busy career and activist work.
“The boyfriend or partners I’ve had have generally made me feel really cherished,” she explained. “They’ve built me up. I certainly haven’t found that with doing all that I do or being all that I am, that I’ve struggled in my love life.”
And thankfully, the single life doesn’t appear to be any less stellar for Emma — she’s playing Belle in Disney’s highly anticipated live-action “Beauty and The Beast,” AND she’s proven herself an incredible role model as a Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women.
“Everything clicked into place, in a way that it hadn’t before,” she said of taking on the activist role. “I understood what I’m here to do and knew where to channel all this energy that has been coming at me. I now feel this sense of peace. People say that I’m different since I did it.”