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Emma Watson appears in a promotional photo posted on her Twitter page in 2011. - Provided courtesy of twitter.com/emwatson

Emma Watson explains why she left Brown and talks dating

06/07/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Emma Watson wants to clear things up about why she left Brown University and put an end to the bullying rumors about her first year there.

In March, the actress announced on her official website that she was taking time off from the Rhode Island-based university to focus on her career and promoting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which comes out on July 15, 2011.

"I was in denial," Watson told Sunday Times Style Magazine in a recent interview, according to Us Weekly. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."

The actress once again shot down the rumors of bullying she got while attending the university. A New York Daily News article posted on April 21 claimed that when Watson responded correctly to questions in class, her classmates would shout, "Three points for Gryffindor!" -- a reference to the "Harry Potter" films, in which students' dormitory houses are awarded points for questions they answer correctly. Watson's character lives in Gryffindor.

"It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied," she told the magazine. "It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite."

"Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor.' I've been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse."

The actress made similar comments about her alleged bullying situation on her personal website in April.

"I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown," Watson wrote at the time.

The 21-year-old actress also spoke up about her dating life, saying that her level of fame has made it difficult for her.

"I say to my friends, 'Why hasn't X called me? Why doesn't anyone ever pursue me?' They're like, 'Probably because they're intimidated.' It must be the fame wall," Watson said. "It must be the circus that goes around me. Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating."

Watson was recently named the new face of Lancome and is currently working on a starring role in "Perks of Being a Wallflower," slated for release in 2012.

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