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Sia calls Shia LaBeouf a 'pathological liar' who 'conned me into an adulterous relationship'

Megan Johnson
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Australian singer and songwriter Sia says she was manipulated into an affair with actor Shia LaBeouf, and is advising other women to “stay away” from the actor.

Sia’s allegations come in the wake of the bombshell New York Times article that revealed singer FKA twigs, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, is suing LaBeouf, 34, for “relentless abuse” she allegedly suffered during their relationship, which began in 2018.

Singer Sia says she was 'conned into an adulterous relationship" with actor Shia LaBeouf. (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Singer Sia says she was 'conned into an adulterous relationship" with actor Shia LaBeouf. (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

“I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single,” the singer tweeted on Saturday. “I believe he's very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims. Just know, if you love yourself — stay safe, stay away.”

In a follow-up tweet, Sia solidified her support for Barnett. “Also I love you ⁦@FKAtwigs. This is very courageous and I'm very proud of you,” she added.

Sia did not provide more details about her “adulterous relationship” with LaBeouf, who appeared in her 2015 music video for “Elastic Heart.” LaBeouf wed Mia Goth in 2016, but the couple ultimately divorced in 2018.

Sia’s claims came just one day after the New York Times article, in which FKA twigs spoke out on her lawsuit and detailed her allegations of an abusive relationship with LaBeouf, which she calls the “worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life.”

“I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me,” said FKA twigs. “But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”

Sia worked with LaBeouf on her 2015 music video for "Elastic Heart." (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Sia worked with LaBeouf on her 2015 music video for "Elastic Heart." (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

The singer alleges extensive physical, emotional and mental abuse by LaBeouf, including at one point allegedly waking her up “in the middle of the night, choking her.” In another incident, LaBeouf allegedly drove recklessly, “removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him.”

Barnett also claims LaBeouf knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Ultimately, Barnett planned her escape from the relationship with the help of a therapist, a process she called “both difficult and dangerous,” according to her lawsuit.

Barnett is not the only LaBeouf ex included in the lawsuit. A second former girlfriend, Karolyn Pho, whom he dated for two years, alleges he once drunkenly pinned her to a bed and headbutted her, causing her to bleed.

LaBeouf was also caught on tape in 2015 threatening his ex-wife Goth, stating he “would’ve killed her” after they got in a serious argument.

A representative for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. However, LaBeouf did issue a statement to the New York Times in response to the article about FKA twigs.

“I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel,” wrote LaBeouf. “I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”

While LaBeouf said specific allegations “are not true,” he went on to say that he’s “a sober member of a 12-step program” and undergoing therapy. “I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, 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.”

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