Oldest woman in the world reveals why she's still alive: 'I'm single'

Happy birthday Emma! 

The oldest woman in the world has revealed the secret to her remarkably long life is staying single.

Emma Morano, 117, got married once, back in the 1930s.

But she said her husband was abusive, so she left him a few years later.

”Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you’,’ he told her in, in lieu of a romantic proposal. ‘I was 26. We got married.’

After their baby son died aged six months, she kicked her husband out.

Emma Morano, 117 years hold, is kissed by her caretakers Malgorzat Ceglinska, right, and Yamilec Vergara, in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. At 117 years of age, Emma is now the oldest person in the world and is believed to be the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s, coming into the world on Nov. 29, 1899. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Her caretakers wish her a happy birthday 
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
117 and counting 

‘I separated from him in 1938. I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that,’ she said.

The single life suited her better, she said, as she didn’t want anybody to ‘dominate’ her.

Living alone, she was free to carry on with her other secret of longevity: eating raw eggs.

As part of her breakfast, she has eaten two raw eggs every day for decades.This tip might not be such a popular one, but Emma swears by it.

Sometimes she adds in another fried one as well.

Her doctor Carlo Brava said: ‘She has never eaten much fruit or vegetables. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year.’

It has helped her life span three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments, as she was born in 1899.