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    FKA Twigs Said She Felt It Was "Genuinely Impossible" To Leave Shia LaBeouf

    “That was my reality."

    In December of last year, musician FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against actor and former partner Shia LaBeouf, alleging that he abused her and infected her with an STD.

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    During an appearance on Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast, Twigs opened up about the details of the allegedly abusive relationship and why she chose to speak out publicly.

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    "It is something in society that’s a really big problem and it’s really common," she told Theroux while discussing her reason for going public, "but for some reason we don’t talk about it.”

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    While detailing the "grooming, the pushing of [my] emotional and spiritual boundaries" that allegedly took place during their relationship, Twigs said that LaBeouf would not let her look other men in the eyes while speaking to them.

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    "Being nice to a waiter, or being polite to somebody, that could be seen as me flirting or wanting to engage in some sort of relationship with somebody else, when I'm literally just ordering pasta. … I was told that I knew what he was like and if I loved him, I wouldn’t look men in the eye. That was my reality for a good four months."

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    LaBeouf also allegedly demanded a "quota" of instances of physical contact in their relationship: "His previous partner apparently met this number very well, so I was inadequate compared to a previous partner of his. And I had to get the touches and the kisses correct. But I never…knew what the number exactly was.”

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    If she missed the quota, she says LaBeouf would "start an argument with me, berate me for hours, [and] make me feel like the worst person ever.”

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    After an incident where she says LaBoeuf was "basically strangling me" at a gas station, Twigs called a helpline for abused women: "Her reaction to me was so serious. … Somebody was taking this so seriously and wants to get me somewhere safe. That was a really massive wake-up call. That’s the time when I realized that I need a lot of help to get out of this.”

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    Following the call, seeing a therapist helped Twigs get to the point where she was "able to leave and leave for good" — and while talking to Theroux, she also detailed the difficulties that partners face when trying to escape abusive relationships.

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    "[Leaving the relationship] genuinely felt impossible," she stated. "I felt so controlled and I felt so confused and I felt so low, beneath myself, that the fear of leaving and knowing I had all this work to do to get back to just feeling OK, it was completely overwhelming.”

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    “People often ask the victim or survivor, ‘Why didn’t you leave?’ instead of asking the abuser, ‘Why are you holding someone hostage through abusive behavior?’ It’s a fair question for you to ask me, but it puts a lot on me. It puts a lot on victims and survivors.”

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    Twigs also opened up about the future implications that her being open about the alleged abusive relationship could have: "All I can do is just think about myself when I’m 50 years old [and] I’ve got kids, I think about what I want to have stood for," she explained.

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    "This is something that was completely unexpected. I never thought something like this would happen to me. … When I’m older, if I have a daughter, I want to be able to say, ‘This thing happened to me. And I dealt with it. It’s a big thing to heal publicly and have to do it in front of everyone, but I can do it. I’m a big girl and I can do it.'”

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    If you or someone you know is being abused, call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can find more resources, information, and support here.

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