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FKA Twigs Says Emotional Abuse In a Relationship Can Be 'Tender' and 'Kind of Sexy'

by Antoinette Bueno 2:15 PM PDT, October 27, 2016
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FKA Twigs is opening up about a past abusive relationship she was in.

In a new interview, the 28-year-old singer -- who's currently engaged to actor Robert Pattinson -- talks about the music video for her song "Papi Pacify," which shows a man pushing his fingers down her throat. Twigs says the imagery is evocative of her experience in a former relationship.

"In the relationship I couldn't communicate," she tells ES Magazine. "The person I was with was stopping me from explaining how I felt. So the physical manifestation is someone putting their hand in your mouth. But there's an element, too, of liking that as well. It's messed up. It's addictive."

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Twigs calls the controversial image "sexy."

"Violent, or beautiful?" she says when responding to a suggestion that the image is brutal. "It's kind of sexy, like emotional abuse can be tender. That's why it's messed up."

"If you are in an emotionally abusive relationship, it can be tender, that's why you stay," she continues. "And you stay because there's a poorly part of your mind that likes it."

This, of course, isn't the first time Twigs has made headlines with her music videos. Last March, she rocked a baby bump in a bizarre video for her song, "Glass & Patron."

Pattinson, 30, reportedly popped the question to Twigs last April. The singer refuses to talk about the relationship with the magazine, and quickly shut down any questions. "Good luck with that," she replies when asked. "No questions. No chance. I'm not getting involved."

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However, Pattinson's ex, Kristen Stewart, had no issue recently opening up about why her relationship with the British actor -- whom she dated on and off from 2008 until 2014 -- didn't work out. Stewart is now rumored to be dating musician St. Vincent.

"People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product," 26-year-old Stewart told T Magazine in August. "It wasn't real life anymore. And that was gross to me."

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