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Robin Thicke, Wife Paula Patton Split: Their Marriage Was Unraveling For a Long Time

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 26
Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton announced their decision to split after years of marriage on Feb. 24, and multiple sources tell Us Weekly they had been discussing separating for a long time.

Not a surprising split? On Monday, Feb. 24, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced they had decided to separate after eight years of marriage. Though they recently defended their marriage following Thicke's raunchy performance with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs back in August, multiple sources tell Us Weekly that the couple have been discussing breaking up for a long time.

"It has been a long time coming," a source close to Thicke, 36, tells Us. Adds a second source close to Thicke: "It is not a shock to Robin or Paula, and it is something they have discussed for a long time."

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The "Blurred Lines" singer and Baggage Claim actress, 37, are parents to son Julian, 3. In a joint statement on Monday, the estranged spouses told Us: "We will always love each other and be best friends. However, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."

"Their marriage was unraveling for a long time," an insider tells Us.

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Rumors swirled that Thicke and Patton's marriage was in trouble back in August following Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" performance with Cyrus at the VMAs. The singer also made headlines at the time for a report claiming he cheated on Patton during an Aug. 25 party.

In the wake of the scandals, the couple showed a united front during interviews and defended their relationship. In fact, Thicke bragged about their sex life in an October 2013 interview with Elle. "The spice is not our problem," he told the magazine of how they kept their relationship interesting. "We're overspiced. We could probably take a few spices off the shelf."

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During a joint interview with Prestige Hong Kong Magazine last September, Patton gushed about how she and her husband were "best friends" and always there for each other. "I've been there for his down moments and he's been there for mine," she explained. "Life is full of peaks and valleys. Robin has always been a great person to remind me to celebrate now."

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