FKA Twigs on racist trolls: ‘I didn’t want them to see me being bullied’

Singer says she responded to racist abuse so fans would stand up for themselves too

FKA Twigs has revealed she stood up to racist abuse on Twitter because she hoped it would encourage her fans to do the same.

As reported, FKA Twigs responded to racist abuse on twitter last September, following news romantically linking her to Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.

In an interview with Zane Lowe for Radio 1’s Stories last night (March 24), the 27-year-old singer says: “I didn’t want them to see me being bullied and not stand up for myself because ultimately I’m 10 times stronger than somebody hiding behind a weird name on Twitter.

“I wanted to show that I can stand up for myself so then hopefully another person will see that and want to stand up for themselves.”

Recalling the response she received from Pattinson’s fans, Twigs recalled: “I remember at the height when things were really bad for me. I remember lying in bed at three o’clock in the morning and it’s embarrassing but I was just reading through everything, reading every single comment.

“I just couldn’t believe the world was like that. I guess I’m quite naive for someone who’s come through the internet, I don’t engage with it that much. I just couldn’t believe people think like that or say things like that. It was morbidly fascinating.”

Earlier this week, FKA Twigs revealed a video for her track ‘Glass & Patron’.

The song in question previously featured in the musician’s Google Glass short film and will be included in a new EP, out later this year.

Last week, it was also revealed that FKA Twigs will appear on A$AP Rocky’s new album alongside Lykke Li.

FKA Twigs was recently added to the line-up for London’s Field Day festival in June. The event, which takes place in London’s Victoria Park between June 6-7, will also feature Ride, Patti Smith, Run The Jewels, Hudson Mohawke, Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Shura, Sylvan Esso, Todd Terje, Jack Garratt, Tune-Yards and Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté.

In addition, Twigs is scheduled to perform at the Sónar Festival in Barcelona later that month.
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