FKA twigs - Updated Feb 2024

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Cheltenham, England
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Cheltenham, England

FKA twigs

FKA Twigs is an English Pop Singer. FKA Twigs is also a songwriter as well as a dancer. She was able to become a backup dancer for numerous famous musicians after moving to London when she was 17 years old. She made her musical debut with EP1 in the year 2012.

Birth, Place, Childhood, and Education

FKA Twigs was born on January 17, 1988, in Cheltenham, England. She is 35 years old and is under the astrological sign, Capricorn. She holds American nationality and her real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett.

The name of Tahliah’s parents is not available at the moment. However, it is known that her mother was a dancer and gymnast whereas her biological father was a Jamaican who was a musician.

But Barnett was raised by her mother and stepfather. She described her stepfather as a jazz fanatic of English, Spanish, Jamaican, and Egyptian descent. And, she did not meet her biological father until she was 18 years old. Also, she is the single child of her parents.

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Caption: FKA Twigs’s childhood picture along with her mother (Source: Youtube)


Regarding Barnett’s educational background and qualifications, she attended St Edward’s School which is a private co-educational Catholic school for ages 11 to 18, and her education at the school was funded by an academic scholarship.

Also, from a young age, she undertook opera and ballet lessons and took part in several St Edward’s School productions. She then studied at the BRIT School and went on to attend Croydon College.

Career and Professional Life

FKA twigs began making music in youth clubs when she was 16 years old. Then, at the age of 17, she moved to South London to pursue a career as a dancer. She also was able to work as a backup dancer in music videos by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, Dionne Bromfield, Jessie J, and Wretch 32.

When she turned 18, she started working with local record producers to try to find her musical sound. And, during that time, she wrote the song “I’m Your Doll” and ended up producing a lot of what she called “really bad demos”.

She was photographed for the cover of i-D magazine in August 2012 and became popular as Twigs for the way her joints crack. She then went on to add the initialism FKA to her name when another act called the Twigs – twin sisters active and recording since 1994 – asked her to change her stage name.

Likewise, she self-released her music debut, EP1, on Bandcamp on 4 December 2012. She even shared a video for each song on her YouTube channel. Then, in the year 2013, she was able to release the video for her first single, “Water Me” and Jesse Kanda was the one who directed it. Also, The Guardian profiled Barnett for their “New Band of the Day” feature that same month.

Her second extended play, EP2, was released through the Young Turks record label in September, and Barnett and Arca produced it. She then was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 prize and chosen for their Spotlight. She started writing for her first studio album during a period of “self-hatred”.

More About Her Career

Barnett released “Two Weeks”, the lead single from her forthcoming album, alongside a video, and the second single, “Pendulum”, was released on 29 July. Her debut studio album, LP1, was released on 6 August through Young Turks. After some time, she announced a world tour starting on 2 October at The Dome in Brighton, East Sussex, and ending on 3 December in Orlando, Florida at The Social. Also, at that same time, she signed with the London-based production company Academy Films as part of their A+ roster.

She also was one of the nominees for the 2014 Mercury Prize. Likewise, the “Video Girl”, the third and last single from the album, was released alongside a video a few days later, as well as an advert for Google Glass which Barnett directed. She was able to make her US television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 4 November.

Moreover, the video for “Glass & Patron”, the first song from this EP, was shared on her YouTube channel on 23 March 2015. She then was able to perform Congregata in February 2015, It is a theatrical “coming together” and choreographed performance that visualized “the story of my life while making this album”.

She then released Glass & Patron, Mothercreep, I’m Your Doll, Figure 8, and In Time. In the year 2016, she was able to release Good to Love and Radiant Me². Also, she did advertising work directing, narrating, and starring in a television ad for Nike, and dancing in Apple’s advertisement for HomePod, thus gaining worldwide visibility.

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Caption: FKA twigs performing on the stage (Source: Twitter)

Style and more.

She also went on to release many other songs such as Cellophane, Holy Terrain, Home with You, Sad Day, Sum Bout U, and many others. Also, her album ranked No. 1 on four year-end lists and in top-five of seven other lists. She even starred in the film “Honey Boy” where she appeared as Shy Girl. She even took part in a virtual chat on the Grammy Museum’s Programs at Home series. During the chat, she revealed about her new album “Why Don’t You Love Me”.

FKA Twigs announced the single “Don’t Judge Me”, featuring North London rapper Headie One and producer Fred Again on 25 January 2021. Then, in July, she was able to direct the music video for Koreless’ “White Picket Fence” single. She also went on to join the official FKA Twigs Discord server in September 2021 and shared details about the upcoming record.

With the help of this, she also was able to confirm the project to be a mixtape, and listed El Guincho, Koreless, and Arca, as well as new collaborators American hip-hop producer Mike Dean and Canadian pop producer Cirkut, as producers for the project. She also released Measure of a Man, Tears in the Club, Meta Angel, Killer, and many others.

Her music has been described as “genre-bending”, drawing on a variety of styles, including electronic music, R&B, trip-hop, choral music, industrial, and avant-garde. And possessing a soprano vocal range. Also, she incorporates elements of Afrofuturism in her songs and music videos. She even explored the artistic value of sex work in her collaboration with 645AR.

FKA twigs – Health Issues

FKA Twigs revealed via Instagram that she had undergone surgery to remove fibroid tumors from her uterus in December 2017. She even described her experience as “living with a fruit bowl of pain every day” and saluted the bravery of other women living with the condition. Then, after almost 3 years, she revealed in an interview that she had gone vegan after discovering that a diet including animal products was exacerbating the symptoms from her tumors.

Relationship Status

FKA Twigs started dating English actor Robert Pattinson in September 2014. They also went on to become engaged before ending their relationship in mid-2017. Sadly, as a result of their relationship, she received racist and sexist online abuse.

Then, she was able to meet American actor Shia LaBeouf on the set of the film Honey Boy. They began dating in mid-2018 but broke up in mid-2019. She even filed a lawsuit against him at Los Angeles Superior Court in December 2020, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress during their relationship.

She then began dating 1975 singer, Matt Healy towards the end of 2019. The pair dated for over two years but called it quits on their relationship in June this year, reportedly due to their “work commitments”.

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Caption: FKA twigs with Robert Pattison (Source: People)

Body Measurements

FKA twigs have a height of 5 feet 3 inches and her weight is 51 Kg but her other body measurements are not available until now. Moreover, she has dark brown eyes and black hair.

Social Media

FKA is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She owns her Instagram account under the name “fkatwigs” and has 2.4 million followers on it. Likewise, her Facebook and Twitter account has 489K and 476.2K followers respectively. And, her Youtube channel has garnered 707K subscribers now.

FKA twigs – Net Worth 2023

According to celebritynetworth, FKA has a net worth of $4 million. And her main income source has to be her singing career. She has many other income sources as well.