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Robin Thicke Tries to ‘Get Her Back’ in New Video About Estranged Wife

Text messages featured in the music video hint at what went wrong in his marriage to Paula Patton

Most celebrities like to work out their marital troubles away from the spotlight. Robin Thicke is not one of those celebrities.

In fact, he prefers the opposite: Since the “Blurred Lines” singer and his wife, Paula Patton, separated in February of this year, he’s written an entire album—called Paula—about trying to repair their relationship, and he even got down on his knees to perform the new song “Get Her Back” at the Billboard Music Awards.

In the track’s just-released music video, a bloody, beat-up Thicke admits to being an inattentive lover and vows to do whatever he can to make things right. Even more revealing, however, are the text messages—perhaps some real ones sent between Thicke and Patton—that pop up on screen and spell out all the ways Thicke dropped the ball in the husband game. “You drink too much,” says one. “You embarrassed me,” reads another.

But the most interesting detail of all reveals what Patton thinks of Thicke’s grand, public gestures.

“I wrote a whole album about you,” reads one text message.

The response? “I don’t care.”

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