Robin Thicke says he’s embarrassed at his dramatic gestures he made in an attempt to win back now ex-wife Paula Patton, a time period that caused him to re-evaluate his life and make some big changes.
Thicke famously split with Patton in 2014 after he was caught cheating, and then proceeded to make very public overtures in an attempt to win her back. He released an album that year named Paula, one that included the lead single “Get Her Back.” Robin even took his message to the 2014 BET Awards, where he dedicated his song “Forever Love” to his estranged wife.
That ended up being the breaking point, Thicke said in an interview with the New York Times.
“I came home, and my best friend of 20 years, Craig Crawford, said, ‘I saw your BET performance,'” he said. “And I said: ‘Oh yeah! What did you think?’ You know — excited. And he goes: ‘I gotta be honest with you, buddy. You’re kind of playing yourself. You look like a sucker.’ And it hit me that I’d lost my perspective.”
“What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing,” Thicke added. “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.”
Robin Thicke plowed through a lot of barriers to make his public pleas to his estranged wife. He not only had friends advising him against it, but even had the record company trying to stop it. Thicke explained that executives didn’t want to produce Paula.
But even though he may be embarrassed at the result, Robin Thicke said he stands by his decision to put out the album.
“Look, my songwriting has always been autobiographical, and always will be,” he said. “The Paula album was no different. I was struggling through my toughest time, and I decided to share it…. 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.”
Robin Thicke may have been embarrassed by his attempts to win Paula Patton back, but it appears that he’s moved on quite nicely. The 38-year-old singer has been dating 20-year-old model April Love Geary for the past several months.
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