Back in February, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced their separation after nine years of marriage and many, many years together. (The pair met when they were just 14 years old.) And, in the months since, Thicke has made his intention to get back together with Patton very clear, releasing a song called "Get Her Back," which he reportedly wanted to sing at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in an attempt to win Patton back. But it seems like his desperation has sunk even deeper — the pop star took to the stage at the awards show and delivering a speech for Best R&B Song dedicated to Patton. "I'd like to thank my wife for her love and support and for putting up with me all these years," Thicke said. So, take that, separation?
It remains to be seen whether Thicke's tactic will actually work or has actually worked — especially since Patton seems a little less enthusiastic about a possible reunion. The actress told Vanity Fair in early May:
We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there — always was, and always will be.
But his insistence that she had "put up with him" seems to suggest that perhaps that deep love was enough for a reconciliation. The duo have undoubtedly kept in touch over their son, 3-year-old Julian. But Thicke's public displays of affection for Patton could bring them closer, if what his father, Alan Thicke, says about the separation is true:
From my perspective, I always let Robin speak through his music.
Will his public "I'm sorry" — and special shout-out to his wife — do the trick?