When singer FKA Twigs (born Tahliah Debrett Barnett) came out with her album LP1 in 2014, it catapulted the British singer and dancer into the spotlight. But since that critically-acclaimed work, our exposure to FKA has been scant. She put out a five-song EP in 2015, teamed up with Nike for some artistic commercials in 2017, attended an award show and fashion show here and there, starred in a Spike Jonze-directed commercial for Apple’s HomePod, and walked away from an engagement to actor Robert Pattinson in the fall of last year. For the most part, you can find her on Instagram, but her postings haven’t been as incessant as others. What gives?
As it turns out, the 30-year-old star has been trying to take care of some pretty painful and large fibroids that impacted her quality of life. She had surgery in December and says she is just now getting back to feeling like her old self again. She shared this insight with a video of herself doing a pretty fantastic job pole dancing.
“I am a very private person as u all know and I have gone back and forth in my mind whether to share that this year I have been recovering from laparoscopic surgery to remove 6 fibroid tumours from my uterus,” she wrote. “The tumours were pretty huge, the size of 2 cooking apples 🍎 🍎, 3 kiwis 🥝 🥝 🥝 and a couple of 🍓🍓. A fruit bowl of pain everyday. The nurse said that the weight and size was like being 6 months pregnant.”
The “Two Weeks” singer said dealing with the multiple noncancerous tumors took a toll on her.
“I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again,” she said.
“I had surgery in December and I was so scared, despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked.”
Getting back to doing some of her favorite things, including dance, has helped the beauty feel “like my strong self again for the first time in a while.” And after feeling as though her body had, at one point, failed her, every big and small triumph counts.
“Thank you precious body for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself, you are a wonderful thing, now go create and be other once again,” she wrote.
“I know that a lot of women suffer from fibroid tumours and I just wanted to say after my experience that you are amazing warriors and that you are not alone. You can get through this,” she added. “And with this I let go of the pain…”
Fibroids are no joke. A recent study found that between 80 and 90 percent of Black women, and 70 percent of white women will deal with fibroids by the time they’re 50. For Black women, fibroid development tends to start earlier in life, and having multiple fibroids is more likely. And studies also show that more than 90 percent of women recently diagnosed seek out treatment within a year of diagnosis to deal with the effects of them, which includes heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and periods that lost longer than normal.
It’s unclear how long FKA knew about her fibroids, but clearly, the hectic schedule she had over the last few years wasn’t conducive to taking care of them and healing. Now that she has, we’re looking forward to what’s next for one of our faves.