So shocking! Robin admitted in a bizarre deposition that he didn’t actually write his chart-topping single ‘Blurred Lines’ — and that he was high on Vicodin and alcohol when the hit track was created.
The truth about “Blurred Lines” has finally come out, a year and half after its spectacular release in March 2013. After Marvin Gaye‘s children accused Robin Thicke, 37, and Pharrell Williams, 41, of ripping off the late singer’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up,” Robin got super defensive during a court deposition held in April 2014, opening up about his drug use and who really wrote 2013’s so-called Song of the Summer. Read on to see his shocking statements.
Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Lie — Singer Admits He Lied About Writing Hit Song
Despite allegations that its lyrics and video promoted rape culture, “Blurred Lines” has been an undeniable sensation. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for twelve consecutive weeks, making it the longest-running number one single of not just the year, but the decade.
Still, “Blurred Lines” has always been shrouded in controversy, and never more so than when Marvin Gaye’s children accused Robin and Pharrell of stealing the “feel” and “sound” of “Got to Give It Up,” a song that Robin himself admitted in an interview was a huge influence on “Blurred Lines.” Robin preemptively sued Marvin’s family and music publishing company, Bridgeport Music, in August 2013, in an effort to protect “Blurred Lines.”
But now Robin is trying to back-peddle on his authorship of “Blurred Lines.” Here’s what he said during April 2014 depositions obtained by The Hollywood Reporter:
Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?
Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.
Robin also confessed that he repeatedly claimed to have written “Blurred Lines” in interviews with publications such as Billboard magazine because he “thought it would help sell records.” He claims that he doesn’t remember those interviews, however, because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and “didn’t do a sober interview.”
As for why Pharrell let Robin take credit for co-writing the song, the rapper/producer explained in his own deposition, “This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that’s where the embellishment comes in.”
Robin Thicke Admits Marriage To Paula Patton Is Over
Robin’s wild antics also cost him his marriage to his wife of nine years, Paula Patton, 38. He revealed in the deposition: “I told my wife the truth. That’s why she left me.”
Of course, it probably didn’t help that after his extremely sexual 2013 VMA performance with Miley Cyrus, 21, Robin was photographed grabbing another woman’s butt in August 2013 and almost kissing a different woman at a Paris nightclub in January 2014. Robin and Paula separated in February 2014 and, after trying months to win her back, the singer reportedly told his camp in July that their marriage was over, according to TMZ.
“He’s done begging and is moving on,” sources told the site. The couple share one child together, Julian Fuego Thicke, 4.
So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you shocked by Robin’s confession? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee