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Paula Harrowing

FKA twigs: ‘I think this could be my last interview’

The notoriously private singer was pushed about her relationship – why are we still asking fascinating female artists about marriage and their partners?

Is it time to just admit it? Are female artists and actors treated completely differently to their male counterparts by the media? In an interview with the Sunday Times British avant-garde creative and visionary artist, FKA twigs, was asked more about her relationship than felt comfortable. 

Twigs dates the film star Robert Pattinson. The interviewer asks if she’s watched Twilight, to which she simply replies “no”. It’s difficult to imagine Brad Pitt being asked if he’s seen Angelina Jolie’s movies or Kanye being hounded with questions in the early days about his favourite episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

When Kanye is interviewed it’s treated as a valuable insight into the creative mindset of one of the world’s most important artists. We’re not saying that there shouldn’t be a fierce focus on his work, but twigs – although earlier on in her career – is also an auteur, someone obsessed with detail, someone in full control of what she wants to say and how she wants to say it. This interview describes her as a "musical genius" but doesn’t really focus on that.

The interview goes on: “Then I ask about the wedding and the shutters come down. ‘Who told you I was getting married?’” From here it gets increasingly uncomfortable. She says she is “not prepared to talk about her private life.” In a sad conclusion the reader is told: ‘“I think this could be my last interview,” she says suddenly. “I can’t do it. It makes me feel nutty.”’

It’s commonly known that twigs is a private person, but here she’s being asked about her lovelife with a persistence that creates the type of press that she desperately tries to avoid.

The interview is certainly interesting in some respects: it reveals she was mugged outside her yoga studio, that she has tinnitus, displays her heartbreak over a dying fan and addresses the race hate she received on Twitter following her relationship going public.

Showbiz is showbiz and the press will always need to probe for the sellable human interest quotes – but perhaps what we really need to be asking interesting, visionary women are better questions. I want to read an interview with a female auteur that doesn’t ask about her engagement.