Of all the performances at the 2014 BET Awards, the one by Robin Thicke dedicated to his estranged wife Paul Patton was probably the most talked about performance of the night. US Magazine reported on June 20 how the heartbroken singer took the stage to perform his song “Forever Love” and used the opportunity to again apologize to his wife publicly before shedding tears as he sang the song for her.
The BET Awards show aired live from L.A.’s Nokia Theater on Sunday, June 29. Thicke who appeared puffy-eyed, sat down at the piano and made this declaration before beginning his number: "Good evening, my name is Robin Thicke, I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife, and say, 'I miss you, and I’m sorry.' This is called 'Forever Love.'"
The couple announced their split back in February after 9 years of marriage and nearly 2 decades of being a couple, according to Pop Sugar. That announcement came not long after the controversial performance by Thicke and Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs in August. Cyrus caught a great deal of flack over her dancing moves with Robin but Patton claimed it didn’t bother her at all.
The 37-year-old singer started the song and seemed to have difficulty at a few places, even pausing to wipe his nose after sniffling. Either the man is a terrific actor or his feelings for Paula run rather deep.
The song comes from his most recent album, another attempt at letting the world, or at least his wife, know how he feels. The album is titled ‘Paula’.
US Weekly cited an audience member after the BET Awards performance as saying, "Robin appeared to be crying during and after his performance."
Did Robin’s attempts to woo back his wife work? The jury is still out on that one. Paula has made no public comment on any of Thicke’s overtures toward her. Check out his performance in the accompanying video.