FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs has been targeted with racist tweets since it was revealed that she was dating Robert Pattinson.Getty

English singer FKA Twigs has been subjected to racist online abuse since reports emerged that she is dating Robert Pattinson.

Rumours that the 28-year-old actor and Twigs are dating started after the two were spotted together last month in New York City with friend Tom Sturridge.

On 15 September, the 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, posted a cryptic message on Twitter, sparking rumours that she was pregnant.

Kristen Stewart's former boyfriend and Twigs were also recently pictured holding hands on Venice Beach, California.

However, Twigs has since received racist abuse on Twitter about their relationship.

One user wrote: "@FKATwigs you're like a monkey, really i can't believe that rob kissed you".

Another said: "Is it really impossible to believe that Rob out with this monkey @FKATwigs".

Twigs responsed to the abuse via her Twitter account:

"I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week."

"Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online".

During an interview with Dazed, Twigs revealed her childhood torture of being a "mixed-race girl in her Catholic school."

"People said horrible things about something I had no control of, which was tough. But that's okay. Life isn't supposed to be easy, is it? I never really saw anything wrong with how I looked, it was more that certain people pointed things out to you about yourself", she said.

"Either your hair's different, or the colour of your skin, or your features. Half of my life I've had people staring at me because they think I'm funny-looking and ugly.

"The other half of my life â€ĻI've had people staring at me because they think I'm fascinating. Everything neutralises. It's more of a statement on society and how weird it is," she said.