Robin Thicke’s gyration on the receiving end of Miley Cyrus’ now-famous twerk at the VMAs made for pop culture’s defining moment of 2013, but it was also the catalyst of discontent with his wife Paula Patton that paved the way to their separation this week.
According to online reports, Patton didn’t know he sexual gesture was part of the act, and was left feeling "utterly disrespected" when her 36-year-old husband was all too willing to oblige the then-20-year-old starlet in the sexual simulation in front of a worldwide audience.
Patton got into a screaming match with Thicke after the Aug. 25 duet, which was replayed countless times in the media as Cyrus’ newfound bad girl reputation became the focal point of the pop culture press.
"He asked her to help him out as a friend and a wife, and defend him and the performance, he begged her to speak out for him and be there for him,” a source told US of the aftermath. "She agreed to be the good wife after he begged and pleaded.”
The second generation show biz stud (whose father is Growing Pains star Alan Thicke), already on thin ice, didn’t do himself any favors with Patton when he was snapped after the VMAs goosing socialite Lana Scolaro with gusto; and on subsequent outings getting a little too up-close-and-personal with his female fanbase.
Speaking with Star following the award show, the “Give It 2 U” singer downplayed issued of marital strife, saying he and Patton shared "the most functional, dysfunctional marriage in Hollywood," and that they were “perfectly in love and very happily married.”
The R&B singer, whose career soared into the stratosphere with last summer’s party anthem “Blurred Lines,” is doing everything in his power to try and rebuild the relationship with Patton, who he has a 3-year-old son named Julian with.
Should no reconciliation be in the cards for the hunky singer, perhaps he can pursue things with newly-single Emily Ratajkowski, the Polish model who he sizzled on the screen with in the video for his aforementioned smash hit.