From 2015 to 2017, FKA Twigs dated Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, and at one stage, they were engaged. Though each relationship has its ups and downs, the singer was overwhelmed by Pattinson’s fans’ blatant hatred.
The 33-year-old said in an interview with BBC Radio 4, “It was really, really deeply horrific, and I think it was at a time where I felt like I couldn’t really talk about it. I feel like if I was going through that now, I would be able to talk about it and do some good with it.”
She also said she was uncertain if the animosity she got “was because of my age or whether it was because of the social climate or whether it was because being Black and from Cheltenham (in the U.K.) and from a low-income family, and having to genuinely work twice as hard at everything I do to get a seat at the table.”
One of the ugliest things that his fans encountered was being compared to a monkey.
“Say if I was wearing a red dress, they would have a [photo of a] monkey in a red dress, or if I was on a bike, they’d find a monkey on a bike.”
She added, “I just remember that for about six months to a year it had this massive, dysmorphic effect on me, where every time I saw my photos, in photographs, I would think, ‘Gosh, I look like a monkey and people are going to say I look like a monkey, so I really need to try and hide the monkey-ness that I have.'”
He was their white Prince Charming,” Twigs added, “and I think they figured he should certainly be with someone white and blonde and… It’s not me.
Twigs has recently filed a sexual battery lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf has said “many” of the allegations are not true.