Robin Thicke may have been a liar, but he wasn't a cheater, he said in a radio interview that aired Wednesday in New York.
The singer, whose No. 1 hit "Blurred Lines" propelled him to mainstream mega-success in 2013, poured out more than his share of self-aware self-criticism with the crew of "Ebro in the Morning" on Hot97.
If nothing else, the guy knows how to feel really, really bad.
"You know, I'm a man. I messed up and had to lie for a while," Thicke said about his split from longtime love
The recording he refers to is "Paula," which dropped Tuesday.
Of course, he didn't reveal what he'd actually done that he had to lie about, which was kind of annoying. So the hosts then did everything short of screaming, "Are you a cheating cheaty cheater who cheats?" Though they used different words.
"That's not why we're apart," the R&B singer countered. "We're apart because we just couldn't be together anymore. ... There's a hundred different reasons; there isn't just one. There's a long list."
He admitted he'd changed along the way. "I got a little too selfish and a little too greedy and a little too full of myself." (Come to think of it, that last bit might very well explain his graphic performance with Miley Cyrus on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Hmm.)
The result: Thicke hasn't seen actress Patton, his wife of nine years and significant other for more than 20, in four months. The two announced a supposedly mutual decision to split in February.
"You lose your family, that'll slow you down," he said, though he later noted that he was hanging out with 4-year-old son Julian while he made "Paula." The new album is meant as an apology and an indication that he has taken responsibility for things that went wrong.
"So maybe, a year or two off, maybe we'll become our own people without each other," Thicke said. "And then it'll all be meant to be."