Robin Thicke has named his new album after his estranged ex-wife, actress Paula Patton.
The US singer, who scored his breakthrough UK hit with ‘Blurred Lines’ last year, has titled his seventh LP ‘Paula’, according to Rap-Up.com. The album is reportedly due on on July 1 and is expected to include the song ‘Get Her Back’, which was debuted at the Billboard Music Awards in May and is thought to be about Patton.
The singer announced that he and Patton would be separating at the end of February, following nine years of marriage. It was speculated that the breakdown of the relationship was the result of Thicke being pictured in compromising situations with other women, though neither party has commented on the reasons for the split.
Thicke has made reference to Patton during numerous performances in 2014. At a show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City in March, the singer – who was reportedly still wearing his wedding ring – responded to a heckler who shouted “I love Paula!” by saying, “I do too” and then launched into his own version of ‘Let’s Stay Together’.
The week before, at a gig in Fairfax, Virginia, the singer told the crowd that he’d written his track ‘Lost Without U’ for Patton. “For y’all that don’t know, me and my wife separated,” he said. “But I’m trying to get my girl back. She’s a good woman.”
Thicke and Patton married in 2005 and have a son, Julian Fuego, who will celebrate his fourth birthday next month. They got together when Thicke was 16. Speaking to Vanity Fair after the split, Patton said of Thicke: “All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there – always was, and always will be.”