FKA twigs broke down in tears in an interview with Gayle King as she recalled the ‘abuse tactics’ allegedly used on her during her relationship with Shia LaBeouf.
In December, FKA filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf accusing the actor of sexual battery and alleging that he abused her ‘physically, emotionally and mentally many times in a relationship that lasted just short of a year’.
LaBeouf, 34, has since denied ‘each and every’ allegation from FKA, real name Tahliah Barnett.
The musician, 33, opened up about moment when she knew she ‘needed to get help’ to get out of the relationship, as she recalled several incidents in which LaBeouf was allegedly abusive within the relationship.
One particular situation, which she claimed took place during a Valentine’s Day spa trip, saw the singer claim LaBeouf ‘strangled’ her at a gas station in front of witnesses who didn’t step in to help.
She told Gayle: ‘I felt so alone and that’s why I wanted to come forward. Victims and survivors shouldn’t have to feel alone.
‘I remember, after that weekend, going back to where I was staying and looking at myself in the mirror and one side was completely black. I was so shocked.’
The performer began to weep as she recalled the moment. When the Water Me star apologized for her tears, King replied: ‘Twigs, you are talking about something that’s very traumatic to you and yet you think you’re the one that has to apologize. That’s why we need to be talking about this.’
Earlier in the interview, FKA claimed the abuse began in subtle ways as she stated: ‘He would often just start having an argument with me in the middle of the night, start accusing me of doing all sorts of things, planning to leave him in my head.
‘He’d wake me up and tell me I was disgusting, that I was vile.’
When King asked whether the things LaBeouf accused her of were true, FKA replied: ‘Nothing was ever true. But this is the thing, but I would really doubt myself. You know, especially when I’d wake up and he’d be like, “You were lying there with your eyes open, planning to leave me”.
‘And I’d be like, “I literally was asleep”. But then he would only want me to sleep naked because he said if I didn’t then I was keeping myself from him.’
FKA said this was a ‘tactic’ used by many abusers as she continued: ‘It’s just like this constant availability and everything centered around them. I think that’s why I wanted to come out and talk about this because the signs really are there from the beginning.’
The British singer said there wasn’t ‘one set moment’ where she realised there was a problem, describing the alleged abuse as ‘very subtle’.
She continued: ‘That’s the thing about domestic abuse, domestic violence, it’s a real gradual step-by-step process to get somebody to a place where they lose themselves so much, they accept or feel like they deserve to be treated in that way.
‘It’s not one thing, it’s loads of tiny little things that get sewn together into a nightmare.’
King read out LaBeouf’s response to her claims which stated: ‘I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. 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.’
FKA responded: ‘I think it reminds me of some of the gaslighting I experienced when I was with him — the taking some of the blame, but not all of it and then denying it.’
LaBeouf’s lawyer Shawn Holley released a statement to This Morning explaining the Transformers actor’s denial.
It read: ‘A lawyer issuing general denials to all the allegations in a lawsuit is standard procedure in civil practice and signals nothing about Shia’s past statements and his acceptance or responsibility for things he has done wrong. Nothing has changed.’
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