Robert Pattinson, the dreamy British actor who saw his fame skyrocket after landing the role of vampire Edward Cullen in the movie adaptation of the popular books Twilight, is finally speaking out about the hateful and racist messages he and fiancé FKA twigs have been receiving on social media ever since they took their relationship public last September.
Twigs has addressed the racist haters she’s faced online several times in past interviews. The trolls have referred to her as everything from a “monkey” to “that thing,” and some have even barraged her fans with hateful comments.
“I wouldn’t say I’m completely numb to it now, but there’s definitely a numbness there,” twigs told Complex of the racism. “It is pretty horrible. But ultimately, I’m in an amazing relationship. So it doesn’t matter.”
An amazing relationship that is shrouded by rumors of troubling drug use by both artists. Regardless, Robert has called his woman “an amazing, amazing artist.”
Pattinson, who has remained silent about the racism for the most part, opened up about the topic in a new interview with NME. Robert calls the racists, and those who disapprove of his relationship with twigs, “demons” who live in basements.
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“I was talking to my dad about this and I bet him that if he looked up Nelson Mandela’s funeral on YouTube, the first comment would be a racist one,” he said. “And it was, with like a million upvotes. What I don’t get is why.”
Pattinson continued, “I think it’s because most normal people are not commenters—I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything. It’s just demons who live in basements.”
Unlike Robert who has zero social media accounts, the half-Jamaican, half-Spanish singer has active Instagram and Twitter accounts, and as MTV News notes, a quick review of the comments made to either will “reveal a shameful sampling of the terrible things being said to her on a daily basis.”
While several outlets reported on their engagement this summer, both stars have remained coy about the details, with Twigs telling Britain’s Sunday Times that she was “not prepared to talk about my private life” and that she doesn’t “really understand the fascination.”
“Who told you I was getting married?” the singer asked during an interview with the Sunday Times. “You might read somewhere I’m a monkey and it doesn’t mean I am.”
Most recently, Robert revealed how the Twilight fame drove him crazy with fans and paparazzi sitting outside his house 24/7. His film career has been pretty quiet since the final Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, hit theaters.
EW reports that Robert Pattinson’s next film, Life, finds the actor playing photographer Dennis Stock, who profiles a young James Dean for Life magazine.
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