Robin Thicke opens up in a candid interview for the June/July 2007 cover of GIANT Magazine. In the issue which hits stands June 5, the blue eyed soul singer speaks freely about his once waning self-esteem, issues in his marriage to actress Paula Patton, and his fourteen-year ride to overnight stardom.
ON HIS PERSONAL DEMONS
â€œI understand struggle because Iâ€™ve struggled with my own demons, my own ability to love myself. I might have grown up in an aesthetically larger building, but that doesnâ€™t mean I havenâ€™t felt pain. Thatâ€™s what the whole (expletive) album is about. Itâ€™s about a dude who needed to believe in himself when the world said, â€˜We donâ€™t love you.â€™â€?
ON STRAINS IN HIS MARRIAGE TO PAULA PATTON
â€œShe was having sex scenes with the guy who won Album of the Year (Andre 3000), and I pretty much had no record deal. She didnâ€™t come home during the three months of filming (Idlewild) because she was so focused. I started believing she didnâ€™t need me anymore, and when she came home, I started projecting that onto her and pushing her away. Thatâ€™s what â€˜Complicatedâ€™ (a song from his album) is about â€“ me saying, â€˜I wish I could stop thinking Iâ€™m not good enough because, otherwise, I wonâ€™t be able to get this girl back.â€?
ON BEING JEALOUS OF JESUS
â€œI was seven years old hearing about how wonderful Jesus is, and I was like, â€˜Iâ€™m special. Iâ€™m able to be righteous. How come Jesus gets to be the Son of God and not me? Why donâ€™t I get to be as loved by God as Jesus was? I believe we should all get to be the sons of God.â€?
ON THE VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE
â€œI started writing this song last night about the guy who did the shooting. I figured if anybody needed love, it was him. He was reaching out, but nobody listened. And, you know, everyone said he was quiet. I started writing about feeling like youâ€™re a shadow. And even though Iâ€™m not him, I know what that feels like. There is so much hurt and struggle, so many people who need hope.â€?
For more Robin Thicke, check out the new issue of GIANT hitting newstands on Tuesday, June 5.