FKA Twigs has opened up about her alleged abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf.
The pair first met in 2018 on the set of LaBeouf’s film “Honey Boy.” He drew her in with his charm, but this eventually became manipulative, controlling and would gaslight the singer. She opened up to Elle where she detailed many accounts of abuse.
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“I think now the most frustrating thing is…a lot of the tactics the abuser will use are things that if I would’ve known, I could have spotted in the first month of my relationship,” said Twigs
He would not allow her to have contact with friends or family and would constantly accuse her of trying to leave him.
As their relationship went on, his behavior grew more intense. On Valentine’s weekend of 2019 LaBeouf strangled Twigs, pushed her to the ground, and drove recklessly while she was in the car. The singer was terrified and feared for her life.
“It’s a miracle I came out alive,” said Twigs while reflecting on the relationship.
LaBeouf also began to keep a gun in their bedroom which brought more fear to the singer due to his violent and unexpected outbursts.
Towards the tail end of their relationship the singer discovered that LaBeouf gave her an STD, he denied this at first, but eventually he admitted to knowing he was infected.
In May 2019 Twigs finally broke off their relationship right before her Magdalene world tour which provided a distraction and helped her to move forward.
In December 2020 the singer filed a civil lawsuit against LaBeouf for sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Twigs wanted to handle matters privately but LaBeouf refused to make amends.
Twigs gave the actor a list of duties to complete which consisted of donating money to a shelter for abused women, admitting he gave the singer an STD and to be honest his sexual health with all partners moving forward, and to seek professional help for his abusive tendencies.
Once the lawsuit went public the actor’s lawyer put in a motion that the star was willing to participate in mediation.
In regards to the situation LaBeouf told the New York Times, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel … I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”
While Twigs is still healing from the abuse she encountered, she has decided to use her platform to educate women on signs of domestic abuse.
“If I can’t help people through my experience, it makes my experience 10 times worse. There has to be a point to this—a reason why this happened to me. It’s not just about my [personal] recovery,” said Twigs.
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