Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Called It Quits After 21 Years Together

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*Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s separation and divorce were covered extensively by the media and many fans were hard pressed to know what led to their breakup.

In 2013, rumors began swirling that Thicke was cheating on Patton. A photo surfaced of him with his hand on a woman’s derriere while they were attending a party. Thicke had this to say at the time:

“My only comment about the so-called scandalous photo would be that my wife and I are perfectly in love and very happily married,” Thicke told Star. “So, no complaints there.” In the same interview, Thicke said he and Patton had “the greatest love of the century and the most functional dysfunctional marriage in Hollywood,” reports E! News.

Robin and Paula separated in 2014 and their divorce was finalized in March 2015. Following an intense custody battle over their son Julian, they finally reached a custody agreement in August 2017.

Cheatsheet.com breaks down why the former couple called it quits after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage. Get the scoop below.

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The divorce got ugly

Us Weekly reports Thicke was investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services following allegations of child abuse for spanking the couple’s son, Julian.

The child reportedly told school officials Thicke allegedly spanked him on more than one occasion. After Julian’s statement, the school allegedly reported the incident and the Department of Child and Family Services conducted an investigation. As a result of the drama, Patton reportedly restricted Thicke’s visitation with their son, Julian, according to US Weekly.

Family strain

One factor that could have contributed to the demise of the couple’s relationship is that Patton reportedly didn’t get along with Thicke’s father, Alan. Consequently, Patton wasn’t allowed to come to Alan’s funeral in 2016. US Weekly reports her ex-husband made note of this during the divorce proceedings:

It is my belief that Paula holds residual anger towards me because I and my family would not permit her or her family to attend the funeral of my father on December 20, 2016. Paula did not have a positive relationship with my father… As such, she was not welcome at his funeral. It is my belief that Paula only wanted to attend because it would have resulted in additional public exposure for her.

Robin says fame changed him

Thicke admitted he changed after his career took off, and that it likely contributed to the demise of his marriage.

“We’re apart because we just couldn’t be together anymore for a while,” he said during an interview with Hot 97.

“There’s a hundred different reasons, there isn’t just one. There’s a long list… I changed, and I got a little too selfish, a little too greedy, and little too full of myself.”

Moving on

Both Patton and Thicke have moved on. Patton is currently dating realtor Zach Quittman. Thicke is engaged to model April Love Geary.

On February 22, 2018, Geary gave birth to their daughter Mia Love Thicke.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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