Robin Thicke & Paula Patton: A Love Timeline Through His Music

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Robin Thicke is determined to get Paula Patton, his estranged wife and high-school sweetheart, back.

Yesterday (June 23), Thicke released the accompanying music video to his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," which portrays a text message conversation between Thicke and Patton about his wrongdoings.

They separated in February after he was seen out in public partying with women. After his raunchy performance with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Thicke was caught grabbing a woman's arse at an after-party… that wasn't Paula's.

Shortly after they announced their separation, Thicke wasted no time launching a public campaign to right his wrongs, which included dedicating songs to her at shows, debuting "Get Her Back" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and recording an entire full-length album about and titled after her, "Paula," due July 1.

At one point in the "Get Her Back" video, Thicke writes: "I wrote a whole album about you." "I don't care," she responds. (Damn.)

Neither of them have publicly spoken on what exactly contributed to the separation, whether it be one recent thing or if it's been brewing. But, seeing that they've been together for over two decades, it's safe to say that the once-couple has weathered a few storms. Perhaps this is one more, and not the final one?

In hopes for both to be happy – whether it be together or not – here's a look at Paula Patton and Robin Thicke's relationship seen and heard through his music.

The two first met in 1991 at an L.A. under 21-and-over hip-hop club, Balistyx. Thicke sang Steve Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to Patton as they danced. At the time, Thicke was 14-years-old and she was 15-years-old. Two years later, they started to date. They dated all throughout high-school and college, breaking up once. They married in 2005. Five years later, Patton gave birth to their baby boy, Julian Fuego Thicke, on April 6, 2010.


Patton's been a part of Thicke's musical career way before he decided to dedicate his upcoming seventh studio album to her. She graces the cover of Thicke's 2003 debut album, "A Beautiful World," naked.

Thicke later casted Patton as the leading lady in the music video for "Lost Without U," his second single from his second album, "The Evolution of Robin Thicke."  "I was going through an insecure period and wanted my lady to tell me how fabulous and how sexy and how wonderful I am," he told MTV about the song.

He recently dedicated the 2007 single to her during his first tour stop in Washington D.C. this year, on February 27. "For y'all that don't know me and my wife separated, but I'm trying to get my girl back," he said. "When you find someone that loves you… Don't give up on that love!"

Paula also makes a debut in the video for Thicke's "Love After War" title track, which features them making up after a fight.

Thicke has sung about Patton through out his discography; there's no surprise there. In the 2009 "Something Else" single, "Dreamworld," Thicke touches on the racial discrimination him and his wife face: "There would be no black and white, the world just treat my wife right/ We could walk down  Mississipi and no one would look at us twice."

Once, in the middle of an argument, Paula told Thicke that "no matter how hard you try, or how compassionate you are, you'll never know what it's like to be a Black women." Thicke told Essence that he got up, then and there, and wrote 2011 "Love After War" single, "I Don't Know How It Feels to Be You," in five minutes.

She also contributed to the making of Thicke's successful, yet controversial, song, "Blurred Lines."

"Some of it was my wife's idea. My wife is an artist and wife second. So she's my creative partner and muse," he told NOW, via The Frisky. "She was excited about it right away and loved the video and wanted to watch it like 10 times, then she would jump on my bones."


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