Robin Thicke Knew Miley Cyrus Was Going to 'Take Her Clothes Off,' Didn't Care

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Robin Thicke arrives for the official IHeartRadio after party at 1 Oak Nightclub at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Sept. 20, 2013.

When Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke joined forces for their now infamous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, viewers were scandalized. But Thicke, 36, said he thought nothing of the "Wrecking Ball" singer's dance moves.

"They told me [beforehand] that Miley's going to take her clothes off and dance around and she might bend over," he told Vanity Fair. "I just said, I don't care, let's entertain the people. Let's give them something they're not ready for, let's make them talk."

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Talk they did. After Cyrus, 20, stripped down to latex bikini and twerked against the "Blurred Lines" singer, everyone from mom bloggers to Sinead O'Connor blasted the performance. Cyrus has said repeatedly that she doesn't mind the attention, and Thicke agreed.

"I spent my whole career playing it safe, being a gentleman, never doing anything controversial," he said. Besides, "I didn't see [the V.M.A. performance] because I was onstage singing my ass off."

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Thicke, who also made headlines for his provocative "Blurred Lines" video (which features naked models dancing with the singer), also talked about his eight-year-marriage to actress Paula Patton.

"Seventy-five percent of my songs are about how much I love my wife and how much I need her," he told the magazine. "We've been married for eight years, and together since we were 16. We're very lucky to have the greatest friendship; we're John and Yoko—whatever that is—that's who she is to me."

Still, he admits that the success of the song has had some effect on his personal life.

"I've always put her before everything and will continue to," he said, "But, yeah, be careful what you wish for."