Robert Pattinson Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills, California, Aug. 14 Photo: Reuters

Robert Pattinson’s new leading lady, singer FKA Twigs, has been plagued by racist tweets since her relationship with the “Twilight” star became known. Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, took to the social media site to address negative commenters Sunday, calling the bigoted messages disgusting.


Some of Pattinson’s fans have since stepped forward to apologize on behalf of the online bullies, many of whom appear to be “Robsten” fans longing for his former relationship with “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart. “I apologize for all the hate you have been receiving and feel ashamed for being part of this fandom,” said one Pattinson fan page Sunday. “Please know that these are not Rob fans,” said another fan page. “We support him and having nothing but respect for you both. We’re disgusted.”

Some Kristen Stewart fans have also stepped forward in defense of the British-born rapper. “I’m sickened by the hate my fandom is sending you,” said one page. “We’re not all like that. I wish you and Rob all the happiness.” “Can’t imagine that [Kristen Stewart] would be happy knowing her fans are hateful people,” said another page. “Let Rob live his life.”

Pattinson’s romance with Twigs, 26, started earlier this month, more than a year after his split with Stewart following her affair with her married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders. Us Weekly was the first to confirm the 28-year-old actor's new romance. “It’s early, but they’re having fun,” an insider told the tabloid. “Tahliah thinks he is unbelievably handsome.” The duo reportedly met through mutual friends.

Pattinson was last seen with Twigs walking hand in hand around Venice Beach, California, Sept. 21.