Robin Thicke hasn’t stopped talking about his his wife, Paula Patton, since their February separation. There were the many songs he dedicated to her and cried through on tour, the entire album titled Paula promoted as an apology. And apparently, even a legal meeting wasn’t safe from mention of her: In a testimony acquired by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke mentions his separation from his wife multiple times.
Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. filed a lawsuit last year in an attempt to protect their 2013 song “Blurred Lines” against Marvin Gaye’s children’s claims that the song is a rip-off of their father’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up.” Thicke gave his deposition, which also included confessions of drug abuse, in April.
In the deposition, Thicke claims he had little to do with the creation of “Blurred Lines,” which went on to top Billboard’s Hot 100, despite interviews where he took credit for it. When Gaye’s attorney asked Thicke why he would lie about being involved, Thicke admits to doing it for the ego boost: “Because after making six albums that I wrote and produced myself, the biggest hit of my career was written and produced by somebody else, and I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit.”
The singer also said he wasn’t always aware of what he was telling interviewers during that time because he was “drunk and high every time [he] did an interview” so was sometimes surprised when he’d hear back quotes he said. “I didn’t do a sober interview, so I don’t recall many things that I said,” he said. “Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day, and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
When asked if he considers himself an honest person, Thicke said, “No, that’s why I’m separated.” But when Gaye’s attorney asked if he picks and chooses when to tell the truth, Thicke replied, “Absolutely not. I told my wife the truth. That’s why she left me.”
Later in the deposition, Thicke claims he’s been sober for two months but then returns to the statement toward the end to clarify: “I’ve actually only been sober off the pills, off of Vicodin. I still drink,” he said. “But I wanted to make sure that, since I’m under oath, I don’t want it to come back and say, ‘You — we heard — somebody saw you drinking and you said you were sober for two months.'”