From 2014 to 2017, singer and dancer FKA Twigs was in high-profile relationship with Twilight star Robert Pattinson. It came with a lot of public criticism from his throng of adoring young fans, who swarmed her social media and said some pretty ugly things about her. In addition to that though, FKA, born Taliah Debrett Barnett, said she also found it unsettling that those who weren’t calling her all sorts of vile things were embracing her and her looks because Pattinson, whom she was rumored to be engaged to, was giving her the time of day. The multifaceted entertainer resents that when she looks back on those years and considers what she’s been able to accomplish in the years since.
“People thought I was quite odd-looking, until a white male validated my beauty,” she told The Guardian magazine. “That’s frustrating and I still don’t accept it. But if I sing really well, you can’t question that. If I dance well, you can’t question that. If I express myself honestly, or if I’m pole dancing or wushu-ing excellently, you can’t question that. I’ve never felt more beautiful because I’ve never been more skilled. Everything else is ephemeral.”
With the lessons she learned during that relationship in mind, the 31-year-old Brit is taking her time when it comes to getting in a serious relationship again. Her focus is on her music (including her upcoming new album, Magdalene), dance (including pole, which she’s amazing at), kung fu, sword training and many other facets of movement that are part of her work. Love, marriage and children, she’s not pressed about.
“I’d like children in my late 30s,” she said, “because as a dancer, your body doesn’t come back.”
“It would be a shame if I didn’t question what it is to be in a relationship,” she added. “I think I need to do that, to grow. And to make sure when I meet someone wonderful, it can be on my own terms.’