After more than 20 years together, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have not seen one another in months. Four months, to be exact. The "Get Her Back" singer, 37, stopped by New York's Hot 97 radio station on Tuesday, July 1, in promotion of his new album Paula, and opened up about the state of his relationship to his estranged wife—and, despite his painfully public pleas to, well, get her back, Thicke claimed he's "private."
"I try to keep most of that private, but, I haven't seen her for four months," Thicke said in an interview with the station's Ebro in the Morning program. "If you’ve been together that long, you kinda became adults together instead of being adults and then meeting. But maybe a year or two off, we’ll become our own people without each other and then it will be meant to be."
Earlier this week, Thicke's promotional efforts backfired on him when he did an "#AskThicke" Twitter Q&A and was generally trolled by those who are fed up with him and questioned him about his transgressions, morals, and his relationship to Patton.
The "Blurred Lines" performer famously met the actress, 38, when they were both just teenagers, and dated for years before marrying in June 2005. Thicke took their relationship troubles as inspiration for his new studio album Paula, hitting stores this week, which is dedicated to his lost love and includes songs such as "Love Can Grow Back," "Too Little Too Late," and "Still Madly Crazy."
"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," Thicke explained. "How am I going to move on and get through it all? We just weren't happy 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."
"My music is my therapy," he continued. "When I make these songs and I listen back to them, they make me feel good about myself because at least I'm admitting my faults and trying to become a better man, better person, better father."
Thicke has put all of his personal problems on the airwaves for the world to hear, but one person who isn't listening is Patton herself. "She hasn't heard [the album]," the crooner admitted. "She's only heard a few songs. I don't think she wants to hear it right now. I can't speak for her, but I think space is an important part of any healing process."
While they haven't spent time together in months, Thicke continued to praise Patton. "She's the best girl in the world, a great mother, and still a good friend," he told Hot 97. "I want to wish her well and let her know that she’s a great person and she deserves to have a good life… She was my rock… Everything we have right now, we built together."
He went on to add that he didn't only come to this realization about Patton after losing her. "I knew exactly what I had," Thicke said. "It's not that simple. After 20 years… it didn't work for 20 years because it wasn't right—it was right. Sometimes people grow apart. You didn't build love in a day and you don't lose it in a day."
"[Cheating] is not why we're apart," he added. "We're apart because we just couldn't be together anymore for a while. There's a hundred different reasons, there isn't just one. There's a long list… I changed, and I got a little too selfish, a little too greedy, and little too full of myself."
Thicke's interview with Hot 97 can be seen in the video above, where he looks noticeably worse for wear and even does an impression of his father, Alan Thicke.