FKA Twigs recalls online racial abuse during relationship with Robert Pattinson

FKA Twigs has opened up about the ‘deeply horrific’ racial abuse she suffered online while she was in a relationship with Robert Pattinson.

The singer began a relationship with the actor in 2014, later getting engaged the following year, but the two decided to split in 2017.

FKA has now said that people would often send her pictures of monkeys on social media and called her ‘the most hurtful and ignorant names on the planet’.

During a guest appearance on Louis Theroux’s Grounded podcast, the 33-year-old told how she believes some fans saw Robert as their ‘white prince charming’ and thought it was wrong that they were together.

She explained: ‘It was 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 it now I would be able to talk about it and do some good with it.

‘But I don’t know whether it was because of my age or because of the social climate or being black and from Cheltenham 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.’

FKA – real name Tahilah Barnett – believes that black people have to be ‘excellent to be considered average’.

Detailing the abuse she suffered on social media, she recalled: ‘He was their white prince charming and I think they considered that he should definitely be with somebody white and blonde and not me.

‘Whatever I did at that time people would find pictures of monkeys and have me doing the same thing as the monkey.

‘Say if I was wearing a red dress, they would have a monkey in a red dress, or if I was on a bike, they would find a monkey on a bike.’

FKA had previously spoke about being disappointed that her relationship with Robert, 34, ‘validated’ her looks after years of being called ‘odd-looking’.

Speaking to The Guardian’s Weekend magazine in 2019, she said: ‘People thought I was quite odd-looking, until a white male validated my beauty.

‘That’s frustrating and I still don’t accept it.’

She added: ‘But if I sing really well, you can’t question that.

‘If I dance well, you can’t question that. If I express myself honestly, or of I’m pole dancing or wushu-ing excellently, you can’t question that.

‘I’ve never felt more beautiful because I’ve never been more skilled. Everything else is ephemeral.’

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