FKA Twigs Tells Gayle King About the 'Gradual' Progression of Shia LaBeouf's Alleged Abuse

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In December, singer FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, actor Shia LaBeouf, claiming he physically abused her over the course of their relationship. Since then LaBeouf has been dropped by his agency, and his allegedly predatory history with women has suggested a concerning pattern. LaBeouf has denied the allegations through his lawyer.

On Wednesday, CBS This Morning aired a preview for a Gayle King interview with FKA Twigs, in which she goes into detail about the “loads of tiny things sewn together to create a nightmare” that was her relationship with LeBeouf.


The full interview, which is scheduled to air on Thursday, promises to be difficult to watch as Twigs appears to open up about the details of her alleged abuse. However, she also takes a moment in the preview to provide guidance on the “subtle” nature of a certain kind of abuse. Referring to demands she said LaBeouf made of her, she noted, “It’s a tactic that a lot of abusers use...this constant availability and everything centered around them.”

So much of the conversation around domestic abuse is centered around the physical act of it. But the lead-up to those moments—things that were said, repetitive behaviors, obsessive attachments—are part of abusive behavior too, and Twigs’s willingness to share those details sheds light on patterns that can sometimes go overlooked in relationships is a service that abused people shouldn’t have to provide.

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That’s the thing that no one ever seems to think about. They don’t just hit you on the first date, and they don’t hit you as their first act of abuse. They lay the groundwork over months and years. By the time it gets physical, you have little self-worth left and you begin to believe that really is how they show love. And then they apologize and treat you really well, especially if you agree that you really brought it all on yourself.

This pattern of abuse and apology are why I get sick to my stomach every time I hear Sweet Child O’ Mine. After hearing how Axl Rose abused Erin Everly, I just know that song was his version of apology flowers or jewelry. And it’s tainted forever for me, even though I loved it and thought it was such a beautiful tribute to love when I was in high school and none of us knew the truth of their relationship.