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20 Leading Ladies In Hollywood Who Prefer To Stay Single

It's no surprise that fans are totally obsessed with celebrities' love lives. We always want to know who's dating who, how they met, how the relationship is going, and what the future holds. And, different celebrities deliver different amounts of drama when it comes to their romantic adventures.

There are some who are happily married or in a long-term relationship, and make us all swoon with their adorable dates and couples' social media posts. Then, there are celebs who are perpetual daters, the ones who are in new relationships every single month. And then, there are the single ladies.

It's definitely a bit of a double standard. When a male celebrity is single for a long period of time, he's a suave bachelor. When a female celebrity is single for a long period of time, most people wonder why she hasn't found her perfect match yet.

Simply put, the ladies on this list don't put finding a man at the top of their lists. They're too busy being incredible in every other part of their lives to worry about that!

Here are 20 leading ladies who prefer to stay single and enjoy their own amazing company. They're definitely not about to dim their own shine for anyone!

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20 Pop Star Turned Beauty Entrepreneur Rihanna

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To say Rihanna is busy would be a bit of an understatement. She had her schedule full with her pop star duties, and then she decided to become an entrepreneur in the beauty world—and now she's conquering fashion! She's got a lot going on in her life, and while she's been in a few highly publicized relationships, she's been single for the past little while—and she's fine with that.

She expressed her feelings about the single life perfectly back in 2015 to The New York Times, saying that "guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. 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." Preach!

19 The Always Hilarious Anna Faris

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For quite some time, Anna Faris was part of one of Hollywood's golden couples. Fans were totally obsessed with her relationship with actor Chris Pratt—but sometimes, appearances can be deceiving, and things weren't perfect between them. They eventually decided to split, and Faris has been single since.

However, she's not upset about living the single life after so many years of being in a couple. Instead, she shared these words of wisdom on her podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified: "life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn't fully right or somebody doesn't have your back or somebody doesn't fully value you. Don't be afraid to feel your independence if things aren't right."

18 Total Powerhouse Keke Palmer

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Keke Palmer has definitely catapulted to the top of the industry over the last few years and continually impresses with her amazing talent. While people have talked endlessly about her skill on screen and her incredible sartorial choices, they don't talk much about her love life—because she's all about the single life, and proud of it!

As she dished on Power 105.1, a morning show, "it's very fun to be single, because you know what happens? You find yourself. You understand what it means to love yourself, instead of putting all this energy into give and tug in a relationship." So true!

17 Actress, Writer, Director, Lady Boss Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling has had quite the trajectory in Hollywood. She went from being on a team of writers and being in a wildly popular ensemble show to being a total lady boss in charge of her own empire. Now, she's writing scripts left, right and center, and balancing being a new mom on top of it all.

She chatted about her opinion on the single life back in 2014 with Flare, saying that "in my 20s, I was not only boy crazy, but marriage and relationship crazy. Now it's almost the opposite. My work is so rewarding and I'm so self-centered about it that I'm kind of excited about not having to go home and ask someone about their day." Although, she probably asks her daughter that now!

16 Fierce Pop Superstar Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato got started in the industry at a young age and has definitely battled some demons over the years. Rather than staying quiet and hoping people forget about her struggles, she's totally outspoken about what she's gone through—and what she believes in. While she's had some relationships over the years, she's been single for quite some time now, and that's exactly what she seems to want at this stage of her life.

Back in 2016, when she was fresh off a break-up with long-time boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, Lovato dished to Morning Mash Up that "I'm learning how to be comfortable with being alone, and I think that's the most important thing you can do for yourself, especially as a woman — to find your independence." We totally agree!

15 The Mother Of Dragons Herself, Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke went from a struggling actress to an international superstar seemingly overnight. She's talked about her path to stardom and her experience on the show before, but she stays pretty silent when it comes to her love life—because, it turns out, there's not a lot to tell.

As she told InStyle UK back in 2014, "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." We love that she's focused on her own well-being!

14 Sunny, Forever Positive Drew Barrymore

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Drew Barrymore definitely is no stranger to relationships—and, even, to marriage. She's tied the knot three times over the course of her life, and still seems to be a hopeless romantic. However, that doesn't mean she's going to rush into the next relationship just so she doesn't have to be alone—in fact, she's been loving the single life over the past few years.

She shared her thoughts on her single girl status in her book Wildflower, saying that "it's ironic that we rush through being 'single' as if it's some disease or malady to get rid of or overcome. The truth is, most likely, one day you will meet someone and it will be gone. And once it's gone, it's really gone! Why does no one tell us how important it is to enjoy being single and being by yourself?"

13 Hollywood Legend Diane Keaton

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Diane Keaton is basically the female version of George Clooney before he met his wife Amal. She's a legend in the industry and has stayed single for year after year. And, it's not because she couldn't find a man if she wanted to—it's simply because she hasn't found the right person, and she's not willing to settle!

As she told The Independent, "when I was young, I honestly believed in some ridiculous way that you would find someone who would be the person you lived with until you died. I don't think that because I'm not married it's made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage." We couldn't agree more!

12 The Irreverent And Amazing Chelsea Handler

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When it comes to love and relationships, comedian Chelsea Handler is completely fearless. She has shared a ton of super intimate details with her fans over the years in the name of comedy, and she's not about to stop that anytime soon. While she's had a few relationships over the years, she's been single for a lot of her high profile time in the spotlight.

She shared some poignant thoughts on singledom in an essay in Time, saying "next time you see a single woman, instead of asking her where her boyfriend, husband, or eunuch is, congratulate her on her accomplished sense of self and for reaching the solitary mountaintop by herself without a ring on her finger weighing her down like a male paperweight."

11 Strong And Spicy Halle Berry

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Halle Berry has had her fair share of relationship drama over the years. It just goes to prove that celebrities don't automatically lead charmed lives simply because they're famous—they have issues just like the rest of us, including being unlucky in love.

Lately, Berry hasn't been rushing into any new relationships—instead, she's focusing on living her best life, and not really worrying about the presence of a man. Or, in her words, "the man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself." We love her new attitude.

10 Television Superstar Elisabeth Moss

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For a few years, Elisabeth Moss was in a marriage that wasn't the right fit for her, and she's been candid about how tough that was. Since splitting from her ex, she hasn't been linked with many people in the press, and has kind of just been living the single girl life—and, apparently, loving it.

As she told People, "it's fun to go out at night and not know what's going to happen. I'm addicted and obsessed with my freedom in that sense. I'm having fun!" Well, given that she's bounced from successful television show to successful show, she doesn't have a lot of time in her life for anything but her work right now anyway!

9 A-List Actress Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron has managed to stay working in a notoriously difficult industry and is always challenging herself to take on different sorts of roles. She's not about to just play the same boring blonde character in movie after movie—and she's not about to cry because she doesn't have a man in her life to celebrate it all with.

As she told Esquire, "I'm sure there's a lot of aspects to my life that a lot of people wouldn't want... but I'm just saying, life is good if it's the life that you want... I am living my life in a way that if tomorrow it ended... this was the life that I really wanted to live." We totally love that!

8 Fierce Feminist Sophia Bush

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Sometimes it's hard to believe that Sophia Bush got her start in the industry playing the sassy cheerleader Brooke Davis on the teen drama One Tree Hill. Over the years, she's become known as much for her activism as for her acting. And, she's also outspoken about her relationship status—or, to be more accurate, her single status.

As she told People, "I don't think you can really, truly be the partner you want to be until you know on an absolute level that you are a complete person on your own. So many fairytales we read as children — and the love stories we watch on TV when we're older — tell us that we're not enough unless we have a man. And it's like, 'no, homie! You can be a bonus when I have time for you in my life'."

7 America's Sweetheart, Sandra Bullock

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Back when she was younger, Sandra Bullock was a serial Hollywood dater. She was always being spotted with a gorgeous actor on her arm and seemed to have a lot of high profile relationships. Then, she had a marriage that flopped and decided to press pause on her love life for a little while to focus on motherhood and her work.

And, it seems like she couldn't be happier. As she told Huffington Post, "if a relationship should come along, great. But I feel like I'm not missing anything yet.... if something happens, great, but if not, I've got plenty to do." She certainly does!

6 Stand-Up Comedian Turned Superstar Retta

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Ever since earning a huge fan base as the sassy Donna on Parks & Recreation, Retta has been a total superstar. Everyone wants to know every little detail about her, but there's one thing that not many people discuss—her love life. That's because she doesn't really talk about it.

She is 100% fine with just being fabulous and enjoying her thriving path in the entertainment industry. One day, she may reveal she's in a relationship, but for the past few years, she's been totally happy rocking the single life. And, let's be honest, can you blame her? I mean, who could hold up to all that fabulousness?

5 The Fierce And Fabulous Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross grew up seeing her mother's example of what it looked like to live out your dream. Her mother was the legendary musician Diana Ross, and she got to see her slaying on the stage night after night when she was just a young girl.

Nowadays, Ross has her own spot in the industry as an actress, but she's just as independent and fierce as her mama. She's been outspoken about the fact that she'll never be the type of celebrity who comments on her relationships, and we love that. We'd rather see her sharing fabulous selfies and incredible outfits on IG than a couples' shot anyway!

4 Independent And Gorgeous January Jones

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While many people speculated about January Jones' love life when she revealed she was pregnant, for the longest time, she's been rocking the single life. She's been busy as a mom, and playing various roles on the large and small screen—and she's fine with not having a man in her life.

She spilled her feelings to People, saying "do I want [a partner]? Maybe. But I don't feel unhappy or lonely. It would have to be someone so amazing that I would want to make room. Someone who would contribute to my happiness and not take away from it." That's such a great way to look at things!

3 One Of The Last Single Kardashians, Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner grew up seeing her sisters' love lives splashed across the tabloids. From Kim's sagas in marriage to Kourtney's on-again, off-again thing with Scott Disick to Kylie and Khloe's various relationships, her sisters haven't had it easy when it comes to their love lives. So, it probably comes as no surprise that Kendall has learned to keep any relationship out of the spotlight—although she's been single for quite some time now, just enjoying her successful modeling gigs.

She shared her thoughts on single lady status during a Calvin Klein interview a few years ago, saying "a strong woman is independent and doesn't need a man." You tell them, Kendall!

2 Young Starlet On The Rise Hailee Steinfeld

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Hailee Steinfeld got her start in the industry when she was just a tween and managed to transition that into successful gigs in both the acting and music worlds. She's been linked to a few young pop stars over the years, but overall, she's kept a pretty low profile when it comes to her love life. It's simply not her biggest priority at the moment!

As she told Harper's Bazaar back in 2016, "there's always time for dating. I do feel that right now though my top priority is what I'm working on. It's that and family, and then everything else." We love that—she's not about to put her own priorities on the back burner just to please some man!

1 Television Royalty Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston has gotten used to seeing her love life splashed across the tabloids at this point. It all started when she was dating and eventually married actor Brad Pitt, then when the two split and she went on to other relationships. Then, it seemed like her single girl days were over when she met Justin Theroux, who she eventually married—but that didn't work out either.

Through it all, though, Aniston has kept a great attitude and doesn't seem bothered by being a single lady whatsoever. She's too busy building amazing relationships with her friends to worry about some man!

Sources: Flare, The Zoe Report, Stylist, People, BBC, Popsugar

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