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Until the news came out that he’d reportedly proposed to his singer girlfriend. I had my first taste of this racism – because that’s what it is, no matter how subtly or politely it’s disclosed – when I was 18. It was delivered in a jokey way and we laughed it off, but there was always that sense that being with someone of the same race was the "right" thing to do. Seven years on and I still have problems with my current boyfriend, a white New Zealander.
She recently told Sunday Times Magazine that when her relationship with Pattinson became public, she started receiving abuse. Legions of Twilight fans would send her racist messages, calling her “monkey” – and they’re still going. It’s depressing that, in 2015, people can still have a problem with interracial couples. It’s something I’ve experienced personally as a British Indian.
But it’s nothing compared to what Twigs was directly subjected to.
I went on a double date with my female Jewish friend. Obviously we're not subjected to online abuse from gossip sites (being that we're not in any Hollywood film franchises, or performing at Glastonbury).
Other friends tell me they don’t even bother telling their relatives about new partners if they’re not the same race.
One jokingly refers to her boyfriend as her "vanilla secret" as her extended family in India have no idea he exists.
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Her middle-class British family often make racist remarks about his skin colour ("didn’t see you there in the dark – you should have smiled").
“They’d look at us and do this subtle head shake thing.
It always felt like they were trying to say I was betraying my culture and religion by choosing to be with someone outside of it.” She knew that's what they were thinking because that’s how her extended family felt about him - and they'd give her the same disapproving looks.
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For many interracial couples, this is perfectly normal. We expect the jokes about how our skin colours (mine brown; his freckled) look different on the beach.