Emma Watson has split from her boyfriend of two years after the relationship fizzled out.
The 27-year-old Harry Potter actress has reportedly split from American tech entrepreneur William ‘Mack’ Knight after two years of dating.
The pair decided to go their separate ways earlier this year and were last seen together on May 25 on a romantic dinner date in New York, a source told US Weekly.
When asking the actress’ representative for a comment, the American magazine was told:
I’m afraid I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.
Watson, who is notoriously private about her love life, was first spotted with 37-year-old businessman Knight in October 2015 while attending the Broadway music Hamilton.
At the time, a source told The Sun:
Mack is just a normal, down-to-earth guy who has nothing to do with Hollywood, and Emma loves that.
She was left really hurt by her break-up with Matthew Janney and it’s taken her more than a year to feel ready to start again with somebody.
They’re really happy with each other and see each other whenever Emma does not have work commitments.
Knight, like Watson, has an Ivy League education, having graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
He later got an MBA from the Columbia Business School six years ago.
Earlier this year Emma Watson revealed she no longer takes photos with fans so people don’t find out where she is or what she is wearing.
She told Vanity Fair it was important to her to keep her personal life private, saying:
For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 metres.
They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.
I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.
The Harry Potter star added:
I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can’t have it both ways.
I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.
You really can’t blame her – privacy is a right that is hard to come by when you are a celebrity.
Before getting with Knight, Watson had previously dated Oxford University student and keen rugby player Matthew Janney.
Seeing each other for a year, the couple split up due to Watson’s unrelenting work schedule. The pair have remained amicable since.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.