Emma Watson: I Didn't Leave Brown Because of Bullying

The Harry Potter star says it made her "so sad" when rumors started about why she dropped out of school

When Emma Watson decided to leave Brown University earlier this year, numerous sources reported that it was because the Harry Potter star was being bullied by classmates. But the 21-year-old actress insists that wasn't the case at all.

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

On the contrary, Watson says her fellow classmates didn't even pay her celebrity status any mind at all.

"I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook," she said. "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."

This tough chick says the real reason for her departure from the university is that she feels she has to embrace her celebrity status -- instead of hiding from it like she was trying to do.

"I was in denial," she explained. "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."

And maybe she'll have more luck in the dating department out in Hollywood, because Watson says she kind of struck out with the guys at school.

"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," she said. "It must be the circus that goes around me. Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating."

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