Who is FKA Twigs? Robert Pattinson’s ex-girlfriend and Two Weeks singer seeing Shia LeBeouf

Fiance Robert Pattinson has ended their relationship but the singer's rise to stardom is coming to fruition. Here is what we know about her…

Who is FKA Twigs, how old is she and what is her background?

FKA Twigs is a 29-year-old English singer born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, whose birth name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett.

At 16 she began performing as a singer in youth clubs, before moving to London to pursue a career as a dancer.

She appeared as a backing dancer in Jessie J's videos for Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag, and also danced alongside Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, and Plan B.

After making her first demos at 18, she began to get more modelling work and acquired a nickname – Twigs – based on the way her joints crack when she moves.

She changed it to FKA Twigs when an artist known as The Twigs complained, but she's subsequently denied FKA stands for "formerly known as", insisting the letters mean nothing "in particular".

FKA Twigs released her first EPs in 2012 and 2013, and she began being listed as a hot new artist by various newspapers and music sites.

What is FKA Twigs' music like and what are her best-known songs?

The music made by FKA Twigs defies easy definition but it's generally referred to as a mix of R'n'B, electronica and trip-hop.

She's said of her work process: "I like to experiment with sounds, generating emotions while putting my voice on certain atmospheres…

"I found my own way of playing punk. I like industrial sounds and incorporating everyday life's sounds like a car alarm."

She directs most of her music videos and incorporates expressive freestyle dancing, in the style of Kate Bush, into her live performances.

Her best-known songs include Two Weeks, Water Me, Video Girl and Papi Pacify.

When did FKA Twigs start dating Robert Pattinson?

FKA Twigs started going out with Twilight star Robert Pattinson in September 2014, following his 2012 split from Kristen Stewart and after his brief romance with Riley Keough.

They fell for each other after Hollywood couple Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge introduced them at one of her shows.

In 2015 rapper T-Pain let slip that Robert and FKA Twigs had got engaged but no confirmation followed.

In July 2017, the actor admitted they are "kind of" engaged, but was reluctant to speak about it further because of a "crack group of crazies" – fans who are jealous of his girlfriend.

Rob's comments came a week before FKA Twigs was pictured without her engagement ring, just as he was out on a dinner date with old pal Katy Perry.

It emerged in October 2017, however, that the couple has split up.

Now, FKA is dating actor Shia LaBeouf following their coworker relationship on his new movie Honey Boy.

Did Robert Pattinson break up with FKA Twigs?

The Sun revealed that Robert has called time on his engagement with FKA Twigs after they grew apart over a period of a few months.

A source close to the couple said: “They were almost inseparable for their first two years together.

"But in recent months they have really started to drift apart and have been spending less and less time together.

“Rob is tired of it, has called off their engagement and told friends they have split. With so much ­history between them, though, there are still strong feelings there."

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