FKA Twigs Discussed Her Abuse Allegations Against Shia LaBeouf

After their 2019 split, Twigs filed a lawsuit accusing LaBeouf of “relentless” emotional and physical abuse throughout their relationship.

Content Warning: This post discusses domestic abuse.

FKA Twigs made rare comments about her abuse allegations against her ex, Shia LaBeouf.

Twigs in a strapless gown with bow headpiece at an event

Twigs and LaBeouf started dating in 2018 after meeting on the set of his semi-autobiographical movie, Honey Boy. They split about a year later, and in December 2020, she filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.

Shia and Twigs walking arm in arm

In the lawsuit, published first by the New York Times, Twigs alleged “relentless” abuse by the actor, including claims that he strangled her, knowingly infected her with a sexually transmitted disease, and threatened to crash a car they were both in.

Closeup of Shia on the red carpet

At the time, LaBeouf claimed that many of the allegations were untrue, but said in a statement that he needed to “accept accountability for those things I have done.”

After numerous delays, the case is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in October. And now, Twigs has discussed the long-lasting impacts of abuse.

Twigs with long dark hair, wearing a chainmail top, on a red carpet

Gracing the cover of British Vogue’s latest issue, the 36-year-old musician and actor recalled dealing with PTSD in the aftermath of her split from LaBeouf, admitting that she expected to recover sooner than she did.

Twigs said she’s “had to be very compassionate” with herself in recent years, emphasizing the importance of listening to her body and mind to “get better.”

FKA Twigs poses with styled hair and elegant hood on the red carpet

Since filing the lawsuit, Twigs has discussed further details of her relationship with LaBeouf. In January 2021, she said during a podcast appearance that she felt “intimidated and controlled” by him, and worried that she’d “never be believed” if she came forward with her claims.

Her in a mesh top, skirt, and fluffy jacket posing against a floral backdrop

In August 2022, LaBeouf discussed the emotional and physical abuse allegations at length and confessed to making mistakes in the relationship.

Shia with a beard in a light suit at an event

Though he did not name Twigs in that interview, he described his accuser as a “saint” and implied that she “saved [his] fucking life” by speaking out.

Shia LaBeouf in a blue suit without a tie at "The Peanut Butter Falcon" premiere

BuzzFeed has reached out to a representative for LaBeouf for comment.

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