Say what you want about Robin Thicke and his relationship with his estranged wife, but he definitely is persistent. Still hoping for a possible reconciliation, the crooner has revealed that the name of his new album will be Paula. It is named after his spouse, actress Paula Patton, who has been separated from Thicke since February of this year. The new album, set to be released on July 1, is the follow-up to his popular yet controversial number one album, Blurred Lines.
With rumors of infidelity and pictures of him canoodling with various other females in the headlines, Patton left Thicke after nine years of marriage in early 2014. Since the split, the 37-year-old singer has dedicated various live performances to her in hopes of winning her affections once more. During the Billboard Music Awards in May, he debuted a new song called Get Her Back, which appears on the Paula album. He also dedicated an award he won that evening to her, thanking Patton for “putting up with me for all these years.”
Patton and Thicke have maintained a cordial relationship in the public eye after their split. They have been seen on public outings as a family, with their young son; 4-year-old Julian, since the separation. The two were also spotted together in Vancouver, back in March, without Julian in attendance.
Trouble for the pair seemed to begin the moment Blurred Lines hit it big. Although Thicke had been singing professionally for over a decade by that point, it was the Pharrell Williams / T.I. assisted hit song that truly brought him over to mainstream success. It marked his first time topping Billboard charts and eyes began to follow him and his wife all of the time. During an interview with Los Angeles Confidential, Thicke spoke on the change in publicity, even if Patton took it all in stride.
“She’s supported me from day one,” he expressed. He also added that there were moments where the press pushed things to an odd degree.
“Sometimes she rolls her eyes,” he explained. “Things [I say] get misconstrued in interviews and then debated. Some of it is pretty weird.”
When Thicke performed at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, many media outlets reported that Patton had become incensed at seeing her husband dance sexually during a performance with young pop star, Miley Cyrus. However, Patton spoke out in defense of her husband, sharing that the moment was not as bad as everyone else had made it out to be.
“Honestly, they rehearsed for three days beforehand.” she said while appearing on Watch What Happens Next, back in September of 2013. “They’re over thinking it. You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it.” Surprisingly, Cyrus and her then-fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth, split up not too long after the VMA performance, reportedly due to the sensual nature of it.
As for whether or not the Paula album will help Robin Thicke to get his wife back, the world will soon see. However, even Patton admits that they have a connection that cannot be ignored. When she was asked by Vanity Fair (for their June 2014 issue) if she and Thicke would ever reconcile, the 38-year-old would only say that there was a “deep love” between the two of them. “Always was, and always will be,” she stated.
By Jonathan Brown