FKA Twigs on media scrutiny: ‘It makes you want to smash your face into the mirror’

The singer discusses the increased tabloid speculation since she's been dating Robert Pattinson

FKA Twigs has opened up about the pressures and stress of increased tabloid scrutiny since she’s been dating Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.

The British musician, who released her debut album LP1 last year, began dating Pattinson in September 2014, with rapper T-Pain recently claiming that the couple are engaged (later retracting such claims).

Speaking to The New York Times recently, FKA Twigs described the media speculation as “really hard”, adding “I can’t begin to explain how awful it is.”

Twigs – real name Tahliah Barnett – continued, “It makes you want to just stop everything sometimes. It makes you want to smash your face into the mirror.”

The singer also discussed the racial element of abuse she receives from users online. “It’s relentless. There’s no amount of songs I can sing or dances I can dance that will prove to them I’m not a monkey.”

She added, “Nothing can impale my work or make me choose not to say things a certain way or make an image the way I want. I didn’t see my life going this way at all. But it’s worth it. I’m so happy.”

FKA Twigs recently said that she stood up to racist trolls for her fans. “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,” she told Zane Lowe. “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.”

FKA Twigs recently unveiled her self-directed ‘Glass & Patron’ video. The song will feature on a new EP, out later this year.