A behavioral expert suggests that women are much happier when they’re unmarried and childless. This expert even says, “If you’re a man, you should probably get married, if you’re a woman, don’t bother.” This just further proves that people shouldn’t listen to what society says is normal and should just follow their hearts. In addition, there are many celebrity women who remind us of much more important things in our lives than romantic relationships and inspire us to put ourselves first.
1. Jennifer Aniston
Aniston’s romantic life can rival her storyline on Friends, which most of us know and love. First, she went through heartbreak with Brad Pitt in 2005, which made her take her heart off the market for several years. Then, she found love again with Justin Theroux, but their marriage also wasn’t meant to be and ended in 2017. Throughout this time, Jen remained the ultimate inspiration to women everywhere and still seems very happy (just take her successful career, for example).
However, it’s the public attention about her private life that made her snap at one point and make a statement explaining that her happiness isn’t defined by love. As Aniston wrote in a powerful essay: “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child… We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”
2. Emilia Clarke
Despite being one of the most successful TV actresses of our time, Clarke has kept her love life mostly private. Her relationship with comedian Seth MacFarlane is the only one she’s officially confirmed, but other than that, the Game of Thrones star has mostly been dedicated to her career.
Emilia once explained that she had chosen to focus on herself first and likes it that way: “People keep asking me who I’m dating right now and the truth is… wait for [it]… no one. And that’s OK. I’m figuring out a lot of stuff right now. I think as a woman, it’s in our nature to nurture someone else. Sometimes at the expense of ourselves.”
3. Lady Gaga
The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Lady Gaga is her pop icon status, while her personal life remains a second thought. She was previously engaged to her long-time boyfriend Taylor Kinney (sadly that didn’t work out), but music remains the love of her life. And don’t forget she also won an Oscar for A Star is Born!
Gaga believes that you need to take care of yourself first, before committing to another person: “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
4. Emma Watson
Everyone’s sweetheart Emma Watson has never publicly confirmed having a boyfriend. Instead, the actress has been keeping busy: she received a degree in English literature from Brown, continued to shine on the big screen, and has grown up into an admirable young lady.
And yet, The Harry Potter star once admitted she didn’t believe in being happy without a boyfriend, but has realized that she was wrong: “I never believed in 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.”
5. Diane Keaton
The great Diane Keaton can boast several high-profile boyfriends from her past, which include Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino, but she’s never said, “I do” to any of them. Instead, she’s slayed at being a talented actress (hello, Oscar for Best Actress in Annie Hall) and has over 60 acting credits to her name. Her personal life is also fulfilled as she’s a proud mom to 2 adopted children.
Keaton once shared her thoughts on marriage: “I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage.”
Rihanna doesn’t like to talk about her personal life. She once alluded to being in love, but it looks like her career has always remained a priority. She conquered the music industry by releasing 8 successful studio albums, which brought her 9 Grammys, and now she’s slaying the makeup game. In 2017, she launched the makeup company Fenty Beauty, that’s already a favorite for many women.
There’s no doubt that Rihanna has a lot on her plate, even without a boyfriend to take care of. The singer knows very well how much effort goes into a relationship, and she prefers to keep her focus elsewhere: “Guys need attention. They need that nourishment… I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.”
7. Drew Barrymore
The famous actress has been married 3 times in her life, but her marriage with Will Kopelman was the only one that lasted over a year. Will and Drew tied the knot in 2012 and had 2 beautiful daughters, but they couldn’t keep the family together and divorced in 2016. Meanwhile, Barrymore keeps her status as a Hollywood icon: her filmography includes over 70 films and TV shows, and she also managed to launch her own cosmetics brand, FLOWER Beauty.
Being single doesn’t bring Barrymore down, even for a second, as she prefers to focus on the positives in her life: “I have fought my way to a deeper happiness on my own, and I love being independent! It just rules. I am also lucky enough to have 2 young amazing kids and a full-time job, and rad friends. So I’m not sitting around bummed out. I feel stupid grateful.”