In December 2020, FKA Twigs (whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett) filed a lawsuit against former boyfriend Shia LaBeouf alleging “relentless abuse” which left the singer with post-traumatic stress disorder. Margaret Qualley who split from the actor in January amid the damning claims took to social media just weeks later with a simple message for the singer: “Thank you.”
In an interview for Harper’s Bazaar this month, the actress explained the reasoning behind the subtle gesture.
“It was important to me for her to know that I believe her,” the Maid star revealed, “and it’s as simple as that.”
Twigs and LaBeouf met in 2018 on the set of Honey Boy and split in May 2019 with the couple citing conflicting work schedules according to the BBC.
Speaking to The New York Times, the 33-year-old star said she was afraid her claims would fall on deaf ears. “I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me. I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of colour who is a female.”
At the time Australian pop star Sia also shared the abuse she endured during her relationship with the actor.
“I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single. I believe he’s very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims. Just know, if you love yourself- stay safe, stay away,” she wrote on Twitter on Saturday, December 12. “I love you @FKAtwigs. This is very courageous and I’m very proud of you.”
In December LaBeouf issued a statement to The New York Times denying the allegations but noted he would accept accountability for any wrong doings.
“I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism,” he said, “but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.”
The last update from court revealed the parties were coming to a settlement. If this was not possible, a hearing would be set for 2023.