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According to TMZ, Robin Thicke is having a change of heart when it comes to his much ballyhooed sympathy tour (which included the album Paula) and attempts to get Paula Patton back. After putting out an album of songs saying he’s sorry and watching it only sell 24,000 copies in its first week, people in the singer’s camp say he’s throwing in the towel.
The first sign that he was giving up came via the news this week that the couple are selling their L.A. home (which according to TMZ, Patton has not lived in since they separated). Now sources from Thicke’s camp say that although neither party has a divorce lawyer, Thicke has enlisted an attorney to prepare a financial settlement so that the couple can separate their assets peacefully.
However, Thicke’s team does say that even though he’s tired of putting himself out there in an attempt to reconcile, he won’t be the one to file for divorce–Patton will have to make that move and then he will sign.
I wonder if these two sought out counseling or if Patton is really just done with Thicke and the fame he let go to his head after “Blurred Lines”? And while I think the performances and album could have been a nice gesture, all that seemed more for him and his career than for her and their family. But what do you think?
Initially, there was a lot of speculation regarding how permanent the Robin Thicke-Paula Patton split would be. Some even thought their public separation to be a publicity stunt that would give both of their careers a boost. But with album sales for Robin’s heart-wrenching “Paula” album in the toilet and Paula’s last major movie role being “Baggage Claim,” we have no choice but to assume that this probably isn’t the case.
Now, it appears that the couple is making steps towards closing the marital chapter of their lives. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after five months of separation, the estranged couple has put their Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale. The asking price for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom pad is $2.985 million. It originally belonged to Robin’s father, actor Alan Thicke, but was passed down to the R&B crooner in 2005.
As you’ve probably heard at this point, Paula announced her separation from Robin back in February.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” she said in an official statement.
Sadly, the announcement came after nearly 10 years of marriage. Earlier this month, Robin spoke about the demise of their union with Hot 97 and he appeared to be assuming most of the blame.
“At this point in our relationship, the only reason we aren’t together are the choices I’ve made,” he confessed.
It looks like it’s really over. We’re wishing both Robin and Paula the best. Hopefully they can take the lessons learned from this experience and avoid making similar mistakes in the future.
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1-800-Flowers, the online flower purveyor, has a special going on right now offering a free download of a Robin Thicke song from his new album “Paula” when you buy one of two bouquets of flowers: the “Forever Love” or “Get Her Back” arrangements. Both are in the “I’m Sorry” category of bouquets.
“Looking for a guaranteed way to get her back?” the company asks. Their answer is the “Get Her Back” bouquet, made of 100 long-stem roses and “[i]nspired by Robin Thicke’s hit single” at a cost of $350.
“We’re sure she’ll get the message,” it continues.
The “Forever Love” bouquet is for someone you haven’t wronged too much: it’s a dozen ($64.99) or 18 long-stem roses ($89.99).
You’ll get the free digital download if you enter the promo code THICKE when you check out.
This is not the way to get anything back. This is actually the opposite of getting her back.
We’ve been in touch with 1-800-Flowers to learn a little more about where this promo came from. It’s unclear from the language on the site whether this is something that’s been worked out with Robin Thicke or something that 1-800-Flowers came up with on their own. We’ll update this story when we hear back.
Uproxx has a lot of fun with the promotion, noting the Twitter Q&A fail recently with the #AskThicke hashtag and the poor sales of the “Paula” album. If this is an attempt to boost sales of the album, it’s questionable. On top of that, if Paula Patton wasn’t won over by the album, the music video, and all of Robin Thicke’s performances, I can’t see her being won over by having some of “her” songs used as a sales promotion.
So I listened to Robin Thicke’s “Baby, baby please, I’m down on my knees, begging you to come back to me” album and I swear this is not an outrage piece.
Rather, this is more of an exploration into the merits of the public apology. For the record: I am totally against it. And I’ll explain more later. But before that, let’s talk about the effectiveness of Thicke’s tactic of reconciliation. I’m not quite sure if that will work neither.
As just an album, Paula has lots to be desired. And as an public apology the album’s message of “forgive me, baby, baby please” also seems kind of half-ass. As pointed out in a wonderful list of fun facts about the Paula album, Aliya King writes in Vibe Magazine that “Robin really dropped the ball on the album cover. The album is called Paula. But the cover photo is Robin looking pensive? No. The cover photo was supposed to be an old-school picture of Robin and Paula together back in high school. Or a baby picture of Paula. Or one of their wedding photos or something.”
Outside of the questionable album art, there were other elements of Thicke-centeredness featured on the album,. In fact, what is supposed to be a public apology at times sounds more like some personal peacocking and ego-stroking. First there was the sound. If Thicke was channelling the sultry coolness of Marvin Gaye before, he was definitely aiming and reaching for the more soulful sincerity of Bill Withers. Reaching is the emphasis here. Songs like Lock the Door and Black Tar Cloud had all the hallmarks of a classic Withers’ tune, but without the feeling. There are other noticeable musical influences including Bobby Day (“Rockin Robin”), Frank Sinatra (as well as other members of the Rat Pack) and of course, more Marvin Gaye. Just like his Withers’ homage, Thicke produces a sound, which is close but ultimately comes across as a cheap caricature.
In fact, despite the ’50′s through ’70′s old soul flavor, its overall tone and complexity is reminiscent of the public apologies put-ons, which was all the rage in the earlier parts of this century. And according to King of Vibe Magazine, I might be on to something as: “ This album is similar in tone and scope to Usher’s 2004 opus, Confessions. Fun Fact: a pre-fame Robin Thicke wrote “Can You Handle It” for the Confessions album. Funner fact: There’s an interlude on the song with a woman’s voice speaking—it’s Robin’s then-girlfriend, a pre-fame Paula Patton.
So basically, this is Confessions, part III: the overkill. Here’s another fun fact: despite Usher’s milking up all the controversy the album produced during its alleged confessional of his past relationship with Chili from TLC, the album was actually about Jermaine Dupri’s love life. And while that doesn’t change musically the appeal of the Confessions album, the confusion over who the protagonist in the “story,” is what ultimately helped to move some units.
On Paula, Thicke doesn’t try to dupe us with his main characters, it is hard to hear how any of it relates to the theme. In fact, some of the songs didn’t even have actual lyrics like Whatever I Want, which sounds more like the background music in one of those retro-films about the porn industry – think Boogie Nights. And then there are songs like the 50s-inspired “Tippy Toes” and “Living In NYC,” which sound lots like fillers and seemingly have little to do with the album’s alleged aims of courting his wife back.
The uptempo- “Too Little Too Late” is a cute change from the album’s mostly one sad note format. And so is “Love Can Grow Back,” which for a split second I thought was going to be a sweet song about Paula but no, it’s still about him. More specifically he tells Paula in the song: “With your new nails on my backs, your new nails on my back/ You be scratching and scratching my itch.”
Yeah because scratching his “itch” is exactly what I want to hear in an apology about how bad you feel for brazenly slinging your married D around the planet. “Forever Love” is probably the most apologetic song on the album, but even that sounds like faux-easy rock listening. Like this is the part of he movie where the couple meets at the airport – just before she is about to board the plane – and they hug, confess their love and walk out together holding hands. We are misty eyed and lovestruck for this fictitious couple, but nobody cares about the background song. That what this album is: the background music in cheesy chick flicks that folks somewhat care about.
And again if not for the album’s name, we would be hard pressed to find a concurrent theme in this body of work, other than co-opting old songs from the 50s through the 70s. It’s very hodgepodge and very rushed. And I’m not quite sure how any of this will get her back? I’m certain Robin, who admittedly hasn’t seen or heard from his wife in four months, doesn’t neither. He just wanted to make another album.
The whole thing reminds me of a personal situation I was going through several years ago. I was dating this dude and we had been going hard with each other for a few months. He was fast and intense, confessing all sorts of wonderful things about “love” in my ear. I was caught up too with him. I thought it was one of those whirlwind relationships you see in one of those campy chick flicks with the Robin Thicke background music, where folks fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after. Well turns out it wasn’t. In fact, he had a whole other chica on the side he was wooing with the same rap.
Worse I didn’t find out about his other lady until I happened upon them hugged up together at a public venue. Needless to say, I snapped on him – publicly. A few months ago, we would reunite. Not fully over everything but still feeling him none the less, I convinced myself that everyone makes mistakes and that I should give him another chance (plus back then, I wasn’t trying to be by myself). It was going good until he decided to take me back to the same venue and – in front of everybody- gave a little speech, apologizing for cheating and embarrassing me in public. The public loved it, but me: not so much.
For one, none of those people he was apologizing in front of, were there the night that the original incident went down, so in essence, he just managed to put me out there – twice. And for two, I was the one, who had been wronged, not the general public. So what was the point of falling on your sword in such an loud manner? Other than sympathy? And right on cue, the audience “ooohed” and “awwed’ at his public apology. They offered him encouraging words about how brave it was for him to do that. And then they turned to me. In fact, the entire incident left a bad taste in my mouth and about a month or so later, I finally summoned the courage to call it quits with him.
And that is the major problem I have with public apologies: it’s really not about seeking forgiveness from the victim but more about clearing the conscious of perpetrator. These faux displays of reconciliation are more about making it possible for Thicke to say: “welp, I did my best,” when in actuality he hadn’t done his best. He did the bare minimum. But now he gets to rest easy on a comfy pillow, while Paula possibly is up all night, wondering if she is a good or bad person for not accepting his public “apology.”
Paula if you are reading this: the answer is nope. You are not a bad person. It’s just that he is not really sorry. Perhaps, just sorry.
Folks are really tired of hearing Robin Thicke belly ache about losing Paula Patton, huh? His new album — named “Paula,” in case you forgot — has sold 530 copies during its debut week in the UK. It’s debuting on the Official UK Chart at number 200.
As we all know well, Robin has been on a crusade to get his wife back after his shenanigans put their marriage on the rocks. This musical ode to Paula has been getting a lot of criticism for it’s nonsensical lyrics, creepy video, and just an overall pining for his lady love that’s making people a little uncomfortable. (Though, full disclosure, I don’t think the video is awful. The look of it is interesting, no?)
As part of the promotion, he’s been making lots of appearances, the latest at the BET Awards, saying openly that he’s working hard to get Paula back. Then he had an #AskThicke Twitter Q&A that, of course, brought out the best in people who asked things like, “What makes you think Paula Deen is even interested in you?”
According to The Guardian, “Blurred Lines” sold 25,981 copies its first week in the UK, so this is a far cry from his previous success. Sales in the US aren’t expected to be very good either with between 20,000 and 25,000 copies anticipated to move. “If ‘Paula’ sells as forecasted, it would tally the smallest debut for Thicke since “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” bowed with 20,000 in 2007,” Billboard says. The magazine adds, in a separate article, that it could be the biggest flop of the year. A year, remember, in which J. Lo and Mariah Carey have both had flops.
We wondered about the impact this album could have on Thicke’s career, and now we know. Your thoughts?
“Hi my name is Robin Thicke and I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife,” the Blurred Lines singer said at the BET Awards. “I want to say I miss you and I’m sorry — and this is called Forever Love.” And with that, every single BET viewer sighed collectively, rolled their eyes in unison, and used Thicke’s “I’m Gon’ Get Paula Back” campaign for a bathroom break.
Robin has been laying it on way too thicke! And the Twittersphere, using the hashtag #AskThicke, had no problem letting him know this.
“When are you going to stop begging for your wife back? #AskThicke?” one asked. According to Jezebel, the Twitter Q&A, organized by VH1, was supposed to help promote Thicke’s new album, Paula. But as you can see, #AskThicke flopped and turned into a Robin roasting session. (We’ve got a wrap up here.) In fact, Thicke’s whole “I’m Gon’ Get Paula Back” tour is a flop. It’s saccharine and damn-near sickening — and it just might be damaging his career.
Or is it?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Thicke’s public groveling. Is it time for him to get up from his knees or is it good marketing?
‘The Only Reason We’re Not Together Are The Choices I’ve Made:’ Robin Thicke Speaks Openly About The Demise Of His Marriage
Though their split was highly publicized, there was not much that we were made aware of about Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s separation. We knew that the split was her idea. We know that he wants her back. We know that he dedicated an entire album to her. But other than that, not much has been confirmed regarding what actually caused the split in the first place. Well, until now that is. Earlier today, Robin sat down for a really candid discussion with HOT 97 regarding his new album, “Paula,” and the demise of their marriage.
For one, as many have predicted, Robin says that he is at fault for their marriage being over.
“I’m a man. I messed up and I had to lie for a while,” the “Get Her Back” singer bluntly told Ebro Darden. “Then I stopped lying.”
While he admits that coming clean was good for his own personal well-being, it meant lights out for his relationship with Paula.
“That was actually good for me because I was tired of lying. But this whole album is me revealing everything.”
“At this point in our relationship, the only reason we aren’t together are the choices I’ve made.”
Of course, nearly everyone has noticed that their marriage seemed to fall apart around the time that his career took an extremely successful turn following the release of “Blurred Lines.” To that, Robin confessed that he probably had “a little too much fun” during that time, which didn’t help his marriage. He adds that on the album, some songs are written about Paula, while others are written directly to her. However, while he sort of admits to stepping out on Paula, he says that outside women were not the only contributing factor in their breakup. The “Blurred Lines” singer admits to changing and becoming extremely selfish.
“The album is exactly what happens when you lose the love of your life and you’re trying to figure it out in your head to move on and get through it all.”
Robin and Paula haven’t been in each other’s presence in four months. While he clearly wants her back, he revealed that this separation is probably for the best—at least for right now.
“I haven’t seen her for four months,” he admitted. “We’re cool. She’s the best girl in the world, a great mother and still a good friend, but because we just weren’t ever together anymore and I still had so much I wanted to apologize for and things I wanted to take responsibility for, so that’s pretty much what the album’s about. But I also want to wish her well and let her know that she’s a great person and she deserves to have a good life.”
However, if given the chance, Robin says he’d jump at the opportunity to be back with Paula.
“If you’ve been together that long, you kind of became adults together instead of being adults and then meeting,” he said. If he and Patton take the time to grow as individuals, the singer-songwriter thinks reconciling is possible: “Maybe a year or two off, we’ll become our own people without each other and then it will be meant to be.”
Watch Robin’s full interview below. Thoughts?
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“How Far Do You Think You’ve Set White Men Back?” Fans Shade Robin Thicke During VH1′s #AskThicke Q&A
Earlier this year, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton released a mutual statement to PEOPLE Magazine revealing their nine-year marriage has dissolved. Despite this, Thicke has done everything imaginable to win Patton back into his arms and to reconcile their marriage. From dedicated live performances to naming his latest album Paula, Thicke is on a mission to stay married to the Jumping The Broom actress.
Because of his romantic (or over-dramatic) actions, pop culture critics and fans have questioned Thicke’s behavior. Some believe he is playing into a publicity stunt and others feel Thicke is becoming a stalker. Today, everyone had the chance via VH1 to #AskThicke exactly what was on their mind. Unfortunately, the Twitter Q&A session went awry when incoming tweets from fans were brutally inquesitive about Thicke’s character, marriage and music career. Below are highlights from the Q&A session. Did you participate? If not, what would you #AskThicke?
The “Get Her Back” video just dropped and we’ve spent all week going over the evidence. Our conclusion? We could be watching the most epic breakup of all time. Paula’s gone, Robin’s going crazy and this video spills so much tea you’re going to need a towel.
Robin Thicke is still determined to “Get Her Back.” Her being his estranged wife, Paula Patton, of course. Just a few weeks ago, we told you that the soulful R&B crooner publicly apologized to Paula during his Billboard Awards performance of “Get Her Back.” He did something quite similar at tonight’s BET Awards.
“Good Evening, my name is Robin Thicke,” a solemn Robin said at the start of his performance. “I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife. I just want to say that I miss you and I’m sorry.”
He then began to sing another song off of his new album, “Paula,” titled “Forever Love.” It was a very heartfelt performance. We can’t help but wonder what Paula thinks about all of this.
Of course, Chris Rock had major jokes once the performance concluded, but at this point we doubt Robin cares about who’s clowning him. One of two things were probably on his mind tonight:
1. Pushing his new album
2. Actually getting his wife back.
Either way, it was a great performance.