Credit: Harper SmithRobin Thicke is opening up about his tumultuous 2014, which included a copyright infringement lawsuit for “Blurred Lines” and a divorce from his ex-wife, Paula Patton.
In an interview with the The New York Times, the singer addresses some of the criticism he faced. “When ‘Blurred Lines’ first exploded, I had this chip on my shoulder: ‘Hey, wait a second! I’ve been doing this for 15 years, guys!'” Thicke says of his detractors. “The ego is a very dangerous place. I was supposed to be living the dream, and yet I was in a nightmare because of a crumbling marriage. I had finally reached the pinnacle of success — on paper, I had it all. But I wasn’t happy.”
The singer reveals that he started looking for ways to find happiness. “Drugs and alcohol became a way for me to cope. And then you start saying things in interviews, desperate for a little extra attention,” he says. “And then it becomes a sympathy tour.”
Thicke also reveals that his lowest point, which he says came in June 2014 following a performance at the BET Awards. During the show, Thicke serenaded his ex-wife with a song from his last album Paula. “What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing,” he says of the performance. “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.”
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