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Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Drug Confession

Robin Thicke was already in the middle of a public image nightmare and his latest admission isn’t doing anything to turn that around.

Things started going downhill for the 37-year-old singer shortly after his raunchy VMA performance duet with Miley Cyrus.

Just a few short months afterward, Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, left him and announced her intentions to file for divorce. Now, Thicke is admitting he never even helped write his chart-topping tune, “Blurred Lines.” But it’s the reason for his non-participation that has many people raising an eyebrow. According to the singer, he couldn’t help write because he was high on Vicodin and alcohol.

“Blurred Lines” literally made Robin Thicke a household name and launched his career to new heights. Unfortunately, Thicke and his producer, Pharrell Williams, have been going through a nasty court battle over the tune, fighting against accusations that the duo lifted beats and rhythms from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” It was during Thicke’s courtroom testimony that he admitted he had nothing to do with the writing of “Blurred Lines.”

According to courtroom depositions that were obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Thicke said:
“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.”

Blurred Warning Signs?

There were definitely previous indications that Thicke was struggling with some form of substance abuse. Last year, the singer was fired from the popular BET show Real Husbands of Hollywood. Information quickly leaked that Thicke received his walking papers due to taking “frequent cocaine bathroom trips between takes.”

Shortly after his termination, Patton reportedly refused to leave their child alone in Thicke’s care, allegedly in fear for the little boy’s safety. The new “single parent” role was seemingly the beginning of the end for this long-time couple.

Picking Up the Pieces

When Thicke realized it was time to come clean about his addictions, he started the conversation with his then-wife, Patton. And, by all accounts, that is as far as things ever got.

“I told my wife the truth,” he said in the deposition. “That’s why she left me.”

Thicke has never entered treatment or sought out professional help to overcome his demons. Like thousands of other addicts, Thicke has convinced himself that he has things under control. While he admits to giving up Vicodin, the singer continues to drink alcohol and “doesn’t see a problem with it.”

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