You've really got to give it to the guy, since he rose to fame and became one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, British Twilight actor Robert Pattinson has struggled to deal with his celebrity status. And you can see why. Not only is he constantly hounded by fans, but he also has to publicly answer for everything that he does, dealing with an endless stream of hateful comments in the process.
And most recently, speaking to NME magazine, Rob has claimed he's had enough. And in particular, he's unleashed his frustration at the terrible things people have been saying about his leading lady, FKA twigs, who constantly has to endure a barrage of racist and sexist comments.
Ultimately, the issue lies in the fact that the singer is bi-racial - her father is Jamaican and mother is English and Spanish.
And of course while to any normal, intelligent person this should be a non-issue, the Internet clearly feels differently, with cowardly social media hounds regularly hiding behind the anonymity of their computer screens to unleash a tirade of hateful commentary online.
And only since dating FKA twigs, R-Patz has realized how damaging the issue of online trolling really is. Speaking to NME, he's said:
"I was talking to my dad about this and I bet him that if he looked up Nelson Mandela’s funeral on YouTube, the first comment would be a racist one. And it was, with like a million upvotes. What I don't get is why."
"The negativity really affects you"
Hate circulating the Internet is no new thing, yet Rob claims that the situation has become so unbearable that he refrains from reading things online altogether. He's revealed:
"I go through periods where I don’t do it at all and feel glorious! Then I’ll fall back into this pit. [The negativity] really does affect you, and it all comes from some moron sitting on a comment board. It’s always that person who’s needling away at you, who you either want to destroy, or convince them to love you."
Yet, he is relieved about one thing:
"Most normal people are not commenters — I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything. [...] It’s just demons who live in basements… You have this weird thing where you end up trying to fight against this faceless blob, where the more you hate it, the bigger it gets, because it’s all in your head."
Last year, FKA twigs tweeted how horrified she was at the amount of unacceptable racism she was receiving on a regular basis.