Robin Thicke recently revealed that he was both high and drunk in every legal interview and deposition he gave last year in regards to copyright issues from his hit song, “Blurred Lines.”
Us Weekly magazine reports that Thicke, 38, admitted that he wasn’t sober for the entire year last year, not only when doing legal interviews, but also radio interviews and television interviews. Thicke’s confessions comes shortly after his deposition video for the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit was recently unsealed.
“I didn’t do a single interview last year without being high on both [alcohol and Vicodin]. With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year.”
In March, 2014, Thicke, along with singer and music producer Pharrell Williams, were sued for copyright issues for the 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines.” According to court documents, the family of the late Marvin Gaye claimed that the song was too similar to Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give it Up.” Rolling Stone reports that the duo lost the lawsuit, and were ordered to pay $7.3 million to the Gaye family. The amount was later reduced to $5.4 million.
During a deposition for the lawsuit, Thicke was asked if he made it a habit of being dishonest while giving interviews. Thicke, who seemed amused by the question, answered with a quip.
“When I give interviews, I tell whatever I want to say to help sell records.”
When asked if he feels he is an honest person, the singer quickly answered “no.” Thicke admits that his answers were mindless, and asserts it took place during one of the worst times of his life, as he was going through personal problems with his ex-wife, Paula Patton. He described the issues with his former wife as a “personal hell.”
Thicke and Williams are appealing the verdict, but his own deposition may have played a big part of the jury rendering a verdict against him. Furthermore, Williams seemed defiant during his own deposition, refusing to answer questions regarding musical notations.
“I’m not here to teach you music. I’m not comfortable with this. I can’t answer you at this time.”
Thicke feels that since he was high and drunk during his deposition, he answered the questions too carelessly, and would have never done so had he been sober. New York Daily News reports that Thicke recently said that he is inspired by music and would never steal, indicating that the lawsuit is bogus.
“I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”
Thicke has struggled with alcohol and drug abuse for many years, citing vodka and Vicodin as his choice of drink and medication.
“Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews. I don’t recall many things that I said. In fact, I was quite surprised when I read them back sometimes.”
The appeal for the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit is still ongoing. Meanwhile, Thicke continues to work on his music. On August 6, the singer released “Back Together,” an up-tempo pop song featuring rapper and singer, Nicki Minaj. Although the single hit No. 28 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40, it pales in comparison to his success with “Blurred Lines,” which peaked at No. 1 in 20 different countries.
When he’s not working on music, Robin Thicke says he spends time with his only son, Julian Fuego Thicke.
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