Robin Thicke opened up about his public appeal to win back his estranged wife, Paula Patton, with numerous song dedications and a namesake album, ‘Paula’ saying that he feels he “embarrassed” himself. He also spoke about the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit and his future music.
The 38-year-old R&B music superstar and his estranged wife, 39-year-old actress Paula Patton split last year. And while we have seen many a celebrity couple split, this one stood out as unique. Robin Thicke made countless public appeals to win back his wife, with an album full of songs such as ‘Get Her Back,’ ‘Still Madly Crazy’ and ‘Love Can Grow Back.’ Not to mention its unmistakable title, ‘Paula.’
The couple had been together since their mid-teens and were married in 2005 and have a five-year-old son together, Julian Fuego.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Robin Thicke said that he had a close friend who tried to steer him away from such public declarations. He said, “What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing. And he said, “You should just go away for a while.” So I shut everything down. I took some time off to be with my son, and to be with my family and close friends. And the more time I took off, the more everything became clear.”
Considering that cumulatively he and his estranged wife had spent their entire adulthood together and half of their teens it’s quite understandable that the shock of a split after so many years could mar one’s judgement.
We as onlookers as Robin Thicke made one public appeal after another — in a series of concert performances dedicated to his wife — could only imagine the pain he was feeling. That, however, did not stop the detractors or later, the extremely poor sales for the album, ‘Paula,’ which was perhaps one of the most blatantly transparent autobiographical releases from an artist in recent memory.
He said of that album, “Look, my songwriting has always been autobiographical, and always will be. The ‘Paula’ album was no different. I was struggling through my toughest time, and I decided to share it.”
He went on to say, “And I remember my team and my record company didn’t want me to put it out, but they stuck by me. In hindsight, the only thing I would have done differently was, I wouldn’t have promoted it or sold it. I would have given it away. That would have kept the purity of the message intact.”
His comments echo a radio interview he gave last year when he said, “My music is my therapy.” And indeed, the transparency was that palpable, and buyers shied away from it.
You can Robin Thicke’s interview here. He also opens up about the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit and more. But the reflective comments about Paula Patton have drawn the most notice.
He said of the lawsuit “I was surprised. Very surprised. Obviously, that’s why we’re appealing. I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”
As for the future, he is preparing for the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit appeal, according to the article, and also at work on a new album, which has “Morning Sun” as its tentative tile. It’s clear the music superstar is moving on, and for those who follow tabloids, his dating escapades of late are well known. But the cute couple we came to know of, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton affectionate and together on the red carpet are no more.
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