When it comes to lessons in love, Robin Thicke learned what not to do from his famous father, Alan Thicke.
While his dad, the former star of “Growing Pains,” was a reputed ladies man following his divorce from Thicke’s mother, Gloria Loring, Thicke, 36, has been with wife, actress Paula Patton, since he was 14.
“My dad was single my whole pubescent period,” Thicke told November’s Elle magazine. “He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic—every week. I was like, Dang, Pops.”
“He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it. The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, ‘Who is this girl in my shower?’” Thicke recalled.
Not surprisingly, the “Blurred Lines” singer learned a lot about women from his dad.
“He was always very intuitive. And very smooth. He didn’t really tell me what to do. He told me what not to do, which is actually more important,” Thicke told Elle.
The singer also chose to go the opposite way from his thrice-married dad. Thicke and Patton, 37, have been married since 2005 and have a three-year-old son, Julian.
“I’m sure when your parents get divorced when you’re seven, maybe as a kid I thought, ‘I’m going to take care of my wife. I’ll be a great husband,’” Thicke said. “But the real reason is because of the person that I met. We’re pretty sure we’ve loved each other for a few lives.”
Despite his X-rated video for “Blurred Lines” and his now infamous MTV Video Music Award performance with a twerking Miley Cyrus, Thicke and his wife are still very much in love.
“We’re overspiced,” he said about their romance. “We could probably take a few spices off the shelf.”
He revealed that Patton likes listening to his music when they’re in the bedroom. “Sometimes she’ll even play groupie for me,” he said.
Thicke admitted that he’s a little “schmaltzy” when it comes to showing his affection.
“I like to take her out to a fancy, six-course meal that lasts three hours and stare into her eyes,” he said.
“My gift and my curse is that I really want to be loved,” Thicke told Elle. “What drives me to make music is love—whether it’s shallow or deep or whatever. I want to do things that make people love me.”