Robin Thicke publicly professed his love for estranged wife Paula Patton not once, but twice during the star-studded Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening.
In his latest public attempt to win back his childhood sweetheart, the singer paid tribute to Paula as he collected the trophy for Best R&B song.
“Most importantly, I”d like to thank my wife for her love and support, and for putting up with me all these years,” Robin, 37, said as he accepted his award.
He later took to the stage to perform a heartfelt rendition of his new single, Get Her Back, which he wrote for Paula.
Mid-song, he pleaded with the crowd, “Alright, y”all, help me get her back,” as he sang the track, with lyrics including, “All I wanna do is make it right/ I gotta get her, go get her back / I gotta treat her right / I gotta cherish her for life.
“I should”ve kissed you longer / I should”ve held you stronger / And I”ll wait for forever for you.”
Robin and Paula met when he was 14 and she was 15, and married in 2005. They are parents to son Julian, four.
In February, the couple announced their split in a joint statement. “We will always love each other and be best friends,” they said. “However, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.”
Rumours first swirled that their marriage was in trouble in August following Robin”s controversial Blurred Lines performance with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. There followed reports that the singer had been unfaithful during a party that same month.
In the wake of the scandals, the couple went out of the way to put on a united front.
During a joint interview with Prestige Hong Kong Magazine in September, Paula said she and her husband were “best friends”.
“I”ve been there for his down moments, and he”s been there for mine,” she said. “Life is full of peaks and valleys. Robin has always been a great person to remind me to celebrate now.”