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FKA Twigs Reflects on the Bullying She Endured Online While Dating Ex-fiancé Robert Pattinson

Cathrine Mabvudza
Jan 29, 2021
06:30 P.M.
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English singer-songwriter FKA Twigs recently opened up about the "deeply horrific" racist bullying that she endured during her high-profile relationship with "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson.


It's been three years since English musician Tahliah "FKA Twigs" Barnett and English actor Robert Pattinson ended their high-profile engagement, but the "Don't Judge Me" singer still recalls the unpleasantries of that period in her life.

The singer-songwriter spoke candidly about her childhood experiences with racism and the online bullying she suffered in adulthood during her feature on the "Grounded with Louis Theroux" podcast.

FKA Twigs at London Fashion Week on September 16, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


The eloquently-spoken Barnett remembers being called unpleasant racist names as a five-year-old then hearing the same names and insults as an adult, particularly while she was dating Pattinson. She said:

"He was their white Prince Charming, and I think they considered that he should definitely be with someone white and blonde and not me."


Barnett talked about how social media trolls insulted her and compared her with monkeys until eventually, the trauma from seeing the horrific images affected her mental health.

While she no longer has body dysmorphia and has regained her confidence, she still feels that the whole ordeal was unfair, especially since she was so young and didn't know how to defend herself.


For his part, Pattinson tried to defend his then-fiancé against the racist internet haters but was overwhelmed with frustration at the commenters, who he referred to as "demons who live in basements."

Last year, [Barnett] filed a lawsuit against [LaBeouf] alleging sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress.

As a result of the constant online bullying, the "Batman" actor, who previously dated Kristen Stewart, chose to keep details about their relationship private to protect her.

FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson at the Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.|Source: Getty Images


Barnett's relationship with Pattinson offered more heartbreak for her once the couple called it quits in 2017. The singer struggled to separate herself from him after she found herself alone with no one to call.

Eventually, the singer, who released her powerful feminist album, "Magdalene" in 2019, came out from under the shadow of that relationship, feeling more like herself than she had ever felt.


Unfortunately, Barnett landed in the arms of another big Hollywood name, Shia LaBeouf, who she dated in 2019. Last year, the singer filed a lawsuit against the "Transformers" actor alleging sexual battery, assault, and emotional abuse.

Fellow musician Matty Healy came to the singer's defense while singer Sia Furler backed her up with her own claims that LaBeouf had emotionally manipulated and her too.


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