FKA Twigs covers the latest issue of ES Magazine, the Evening Standard’s weekly mag. Twigs is still with Robert Pattinson, it’s just that their relationship is now pretty low-key, and they’re mostly flying under the radar this year. Twigs carefully avoids discussing Sparkles in this interview, but I don’t think she’s avoiding the discussion because there’s drama and an impending breakup, I think it’s genuinely about privacy. Mostly, she talks about her new ROOMS concert/Halloween experience or something, and about life, dancing, race and more. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

She hated being a video girl, a dancer for hire: “It became a chore. Dancing isn’t a job, it’s an existence, you know?”

When asked “how old are you?”: “In human years, I am like 28. But how old are we really? We don’t even know. In time that humans have set, which isn’t real, I’m 28. But like how old am I? You don’t know how old you are. Your son could be older than you. What are we talking about? Human years? Soul years? Creative years? Years of what? That’s how I see things. I don’t know how old I am. I can’t say.”

Who did she admire when she was young? ‘Nobody.’ Who was on her wall? ‘I’ve never done anything like that. I think it’s weird.’ Was she inspired by anyone at all? ‘No. People always ask me that and I can reel off names, but none are true.’ Early Gaga? ‘Not really.’ What about Prince? ‘I was aware of Prince and David Bowie, yeah,’ she says, ‘but I grew up in a house where I listened to acid jazz from when I was like, five, and Latin. So I never appreciated someone like Prince as boundary-pushing because for me, I was like, “This is natural.” I bought his album and thought, “Yeah, course he’d be doing this.”’ Now she gets why he was such a one-off. ‘But when I first discovered him it wasn’t like, “This person is so different”, because that is what I was brought up with.’

She’s into astrology: “The stars are an alphabet to a whole language we haven’t even discovered yet. [ROOMS is based] on your Saturn Return. It happens when you’re around 27 to 31. Have you noticed a lot of people do well in their careers when they get to 27, or that something happens? It’s like this sudden awakening that you get. All the little seeds that you’ve been planting, good or bad, come together.”

The 27 Club: “That’s not a coincidence that all these amazing artists die when they are 27,’ she says, adding that it’s ‘scientific’…She goes on to tell me that Capricorn, her star sign, is ‘pretty good’ with Taurus, ‘but Taurus has his own space’. Isn’t Taurus Pattinson’s sign? ‘Good luck with that,’ she laughs. ‘No questions. No chance. I’m not getting involved.’

Sensitivity: “I’m proud of being sensitive,. It’s not a bad thing. The opposite of sensitive is insensitive. You are presenting something to me in a way where you’re saying: “Is it a bad thing to cry easily?” It’s not bad.’

She was in an emotionally abusive relationship: “In the relationship I couldn’t communicate. The person I was with was stopping me from explaining how I felt. So the physical manifestation is someone putting their hand in your mouth. But there’s an element, too, of liking that as well. It’s messed up. It’s addictive….It’s kind of sexy, like emotional abuse can be tender. That’s why it’s messed up. If you are in an emotionally abusive relationship, it can be tender, that’s why you stay. And you stay because there’s a poorly part of your mind that likes it.’ Does she fear returning to that kind of troubled relationship? ‘Yeah. I think, also, that is part of growing up, part of becoming a woman.’

When she was young, she wanted to be a ballet dancer: ‘I was told point blank that no matter how hard I tried, no matter what I did, I couldn’t be a ballet dancer. Because I’m half Jamaican, I have certain things in my body which aren’t technically good for ballet in the old tradition. Like my pelvis tilts back. I don’t have arches in my feet. My legs don’t fully extend.’ Can that be right, I ask, that black dancers are discriminated against for their shape? ‘You’ll have to do your own research.’

There are moments when she comes across as Jaden Smith-esque, which is just funny to me because now I’m imagining Jaden and Twigs talking at each other about moonbeams, water and vampires. I don’t mind the astrology stuff either – at worst, it’s completely harmless and at best, I want to know more about Saturn Returns. I don’t doubt her story about being discriminated against in the ballet world because I’ve heard Misty Copeland say similar things about her journey. As for the rest of it… Twigs needs to “discover” Jaden so they can collab.


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