FKA twigs has spoken out about the effect that online trolls and their abusive campaigns are having on her life. In an interview with the New York Times, the artist revealed that she's been subject to vile abuse from Twilight obsessives since she began dating Robert Pattinson.
“It’s really hard — I can’t begin to explain how awful it is,” she said. “It makes you want to just stop everything sometimes. It makes you want to smash your face into the mirror.”
Twigs, who is mixed race, says that R-Pattz fans often refer to her racial background in their online assaults. “It’s relentless,” she said. “There’s no amount of songs I can sing or dances I can dance that will prove to them I’m not a monkey.”
This is not the first time that twigs has spoken out about hate campaigns directed at her online. In 2014 she expressed her disgust at the venomous messages she was receiving on Twitter and Instagram.
In case you were wondering, people genuinely have been calling her a "monkey", with one fan tweeting a "spot the difference" game between FKA twigs and a picture of a monkey. In another, someone has literally gone to the extent of photoshopping a monkey emoji over a picture of twigs out for a meal with Pattinson.
Despite the BS she receives online, twigs describes herself as "so happy" and speaks with typical defiance about how she won't let anything change her life or her artistic process. "Nothing can impale my work or make me choose not to say things a certain way or make an image the way I want," she said. It's a bold response from an artist known for her single-mindedness, but it's still depressing that kids are subjecting one of our generation's auteurs to online abuse based on the colour of her skin.