After having gone through a very public divorce from her husband of 21 years, Peter Marc Jacobson, in 1999 (after which he publicly revealed he is gay), the star is back in love again — with herself!
“I think that I’ve had to very consciously work on not being codependent, not being fearful of being by myself or doing things by myself,” Drescher told PEOPLE in Feb. 2020. “I really had to make a concerted effort to get past that. And I think that I am good with it now. But still, I’m not like, ‘I’d rather stay home by myself than go out and do things by myself.’ But then whenever I do do things by myself, I enjoy it.”
She added, “And then I think, that hiccup phase where I don’t push myself to do it, until the next time I do. So I think that that’s been a big hurdle in my life that I needed to conquer. And getting really connected to myself has been a great journey, because now, I’m not even feeling like I have to be in a relationship, because I’m in a relationship with myself — and it’s going quite well.”
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After celebrating her 55th birthday (on Dec. 8), the actress is feeling her best as a single woman.
“There is a difference between being lonely and being alone,” Hatcher, who divorced actor Jon Tenney in 2003, told PEOPLE. “I have been single for a very long time but there is nothing lonely about my life. I want to remove the stigma of that.”
Hatcher continued: “Many women who get divorced will not get remarried. That kind of sounds depressing but it doesn’t have to be. Many women are not just surviving alone, they’re thriving. They’re empowered, they’re making money, they’re being healthy, they’re traveling. You are allowed to be proud of your life when you’re not part of a couple.”
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The actress isn’t dating anyone at the moment, but she also wouldn’t call herself single either.
“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. I was like, ‘This is totally spiel,’ ” Watson told British Vogue, speaking about the expectations placed on women, as well as the terminology she uses to refer to her current relationship status. “It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”
Watson — who previously dated Glee actor Chord Overstreet and tech manager William “Mack” Knight — said she landed on the term “self-partnered” after grappling with societal pressures placed on women when they turn 30, a birthday milestone she will reach in April.
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The Poosh creator made it known that she’s doing just fine on her own, during an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“I just feel like I’m in a different place where I just don’t feel like I need that,” she told longtime friend Larsa Pippen, while filming. “I’m content hanging out with my friends. I just feel like I’m on a different vibe. I feel so content with just myself.”
“I don’t feel like I need anybody,” she added.
After splitting from boyfriend Younes Bendjima and recently ending a fling with Luka Sabbat, Kardashian is all about having quality “me” time.
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The best thing being about single, according to Berry? Time with her kids — and being able to learn more about herself. “I’m just with my kids and I’m really taking time to think and reflect, and trying to figure out how to make different choices and just have a minute to be with myself,” she told PEOPLE of her dating hiatus. What makes her singledom even more special is that she hasn’t flown solo much in the past. “I think this is proving to be a really valuable time,” she says. “I never really took time like this to be with myself.”
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“This is the first time in my adult life that I haven’t been in a relationship, that I’m just all alone, and I do whatever I like to do,” Slate, who most recently dated her Gifted costar, Chris Evans, told Vanity Fair. “Because I’m a person who also likes to keep an eye on my mental health and my body health, I’ve treated myself nicely.”
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“Do I want [a partner]? Maybe,” Jones said in an interview, speaking about life as a single parent. “But I don’t feel unhappy or lonely. It would have to be someone so amazing that I would want to make room. Someone who would contribute to my happiness and not take away from it.”
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The Pitch Perfect 2 star is in no rush to find love, and instead is using her early 20s to focus on her career. “I mean, there’s always time for dating,” Steinfeld told harper by Harper’s BAZAAR. “I do feel that right now though – and I hate saying this – my top priority is what I’m working on. It’s that and family, and then everything else.”
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The actress, who split from longtime partner Tim Robbins in 2009, knows that life is always changing – and being single is a part of that. “[Single life] life been a lot of different things,” Sarandon told Reuters. “It’s traumatic and exhilarating. The one thing that’s been really clear to me is that you have to think of your own life and your relationship and everything as a living organism. It’s constantly moving, changing, growing.”
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Keaton, who has never married, has never let her relationship status define her. “I remember when I was young I honestly believed in some ridiculous way that you would find someone who would be the person you lived with until you died,” she told Wenn. “I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage.”
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With her show The Mindy Project, multiple books under her belt and a baby on the way, a relationship may just be the last thing on Kaling’s mind. “In my 20s, I was not only boy crazy, but marriage and relationship crazy,” she told Flare. “Now it’s almost the opposite. My work is so rewarding and I’m so self-centered about it that I’m kind of excited about not having to go home and ask someone about their day.”
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She may be married now (to businessman François-Henri Pinault), and it says a lot about her feelings for him. “It’s nice to have a relationship, but women have become addicted,” Hayek said. “You can have a relationship with God. With nature. With dogs. With yourself. And yes, you can also have a relationship with a man, but if it’s going to be a shitty one, it’s better to have a relationship with your flowers.” It’s safe to assume then, that Hayek’s relationships with Pianult is not a shitty one.
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“Being alone is not the same as being lonely. I like to do things that glorify being alone,” Swift, who is currently in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, previously told Seventeen. “I buy a candle that smells pretty, turn down the lights and make a playlist of low-key songs. If you don’t act like you’ve been hit by the plague when you’re alone on a Friday night, and just see it as a chance to have fun by yourself, it’s not a bad day.”
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The former Vampire Diaries star says that in the end, you need to be true to yourself – and not define yourself with a relationship. “People aren’t defined by their relationships,” Dobrev, who is dating actor Glen Powell, told Cosmopolitan. “The whole point is being true to yourself and not losing yourself in relationships.”
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While Bush admitted she’s a “sucker for love”, she says that you need to be at peace with yourself before finding someone else. “I don’t think you can really, truly be the partner you want to be until you know on an absolute level that you are a complete person on your own. I think that’s something all women deserve to know,” she told Us Weekly.
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Perry knows happiness can come in many forms. “I don’t need Prince Charming to have my own happy ending,” she said.
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Considering his bevy of admirers, it’s hard to imagine how the One Direction member could be single – but he wants to wait for what feels really right in a partner. “Being single means you’re strong enough to wait for what you deserve,” he said.
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