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Emma Watson is taking a break from acting for now. The Daily Mail reports her rep said the 30-year-old star's acting career is currently "dormant" and that she "is not taking on new commitments." Twitter reacted to the news by posting tributes to Watson and her career, interpreting the statement as a retirement announcement. It's not.
Entertainment Weekly got a statement on Thursday afternoon from United Entertainment manager Jason Weinberg. "Emma's social media accounts are dormant but her career isn't," he told the outlet.
It's unclear what Watson's long term plans look like; the former Harry Potter star could easily return to acting later, especially when the coronavirus pandemic ends. But at this current moment, it's clear that Watson has been taking a break from the industry and being in the public spotlight since the end of last summer.
Watson's Instagram bio reads, "Emma’s official Instagram page is currently dormant and is not being updated." Her last post is from June 2020. Watson also hasn't updated her Twitter since August 2020.
A source also told the Mail that Watson is living quietly in Los Angeles right now and has been investing time in her relationship with boyfriend Leo Robinton, whom she has dated for over a year. "Emma has gone underground; she is settling down with Leo," that source said. "They're laying low. Maybe she wants a family." The Daily Mail is a UK tabloid, so read as much or as little as you want into that intel. It's not from Watson herself, and she has generally kept her life outside of work and her activism private.
Last April, a source told Daily Mail that Robinton and Watson were serious. Initially, "Emma and Leo did everything in their power to keep their relationship private," a source said at the time.
The source added that Robinton had met Watson's parents. "Emma introduced Leo to her parents; she was really serious about him," the source said. "They went for a meal together back in December at The Ivy restaurant in St John's Wood not long after Emma and Leo first met."
Twitter, for the most part, was upset about the prospect of Watson retiring but appreciative the work she's given the world. Here are just a few of the most viral tweets in reaction to the news. Watson is currently trending on the platform, so many more people are sharing similar thoughts about her.
This post has been updated with her manager's statement given to Entertainment Weekly.
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