FKA Twigs said in a new interview that ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf’s recent apology over his alleged abusive behavior is nothing more than “gaslighting.”
In her first sit-down TV interview since filing a lawsuit against LaBeouf in December, in which she accused the “Honey Boy” actor of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress, Twigs told Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” she’s speaking out to help others.
“I was always told that, you know, I was special and to look after my heart and to look after the light inside my chest and when I was with Shia, that light got blown out,” she told King. “And I just didn’t think that that could happen.”
At the time, LaBeouf — who has since denied “each and every allegation” in the lawsuit — issued a statement to the New York Times, saying, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel.
“I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. 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.”
When asked about the apology, the 33-year-old British songstress, born Tahliah Barnett, claimed, “It reminds me of some of the gaslighting I experienced when I was with him. This taking some of the blame, but not all of it, and then denying it.”
Along with his denial, LaBeouf, 34, also checked in to a “long-term inpatient treatment” facility in December, with his attorney stating at the time that the actor “needs help and he knows that.”
Earlier this week, in an interview with Elle magazine, Twigs detailed the “systematic” abuse she allegedly endured during their year-long relationship after meeting on the set of “Honey Boy.”
“I honestly wish I could say that I found some strength and I saw this light,” she said of getting out of the relationship. “I wish I could say, ‘[It is] a testament to my strong character,’ or ‘It’s the way my mother raised me.’ It’s none of that. It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.”
Reps for LaBeouf did not immediately return our request for comment.