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FKA twigs: racist abuse reduced me to tears

FKA twigs has told how she has broken down in tears over the racist abuse she received because of her mixed-race relationship with Robert Pattinson.

The singer, 27, who is of mixed Jamaican, Spanish English descent, was abused on Twitter and called a "monkey" after she got together with the Twilight film star.

But she told the Sunday Times Magazine it was when trolls racially taunted one of her fans, who was dying of cancer, that most upset her.

Twigs was replying to a friend of the fan who tweeted a picture of them at the hospital, when they were subjected to a barrage of online abuse.

She told the magazine: "They all started attacking her. Within 20 seconds it was just like n*****, monkey, ugly, die b****, all this stuff on his feed.

"It broke my heart...this lady who is really sick and is probably going to die."

The singer, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, is rumoured to be engaged to 29 year-old Pattinson.

And she appeared to confirm they are set to wed by wearing what appears to be an engagement ring, although she remained tight-lipped about her relationship during the interview.

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