Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are separating after nearly nine years of marriage.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the couple said in a joint statement to People magazine Monday (Feb. 24).
The two married in June 2005 and welcomed their son, Julian, in 2010.
News of the split comes after Thicke was photographed getting close to women other than his wife. In September, a socialite claimed she kissed the “Blurred Lines” singer after meeting at a VMAs after-party at 1Oak. In January, he was seen “dirty dancing” with a woman in Paris, FishWrapper reported.
Thicke, 36, and Patton, 38, met when they were just teenagers.
“I knew she was special the night I met her. I was only 14, but she was already the most special girl,” he told Star magazine in September. “As a relationship progresses, you fall in love again in so many deeper ways. You realize that you need each other and you can’t live without each other.”
That same month, the actress gushed about her marriage during an interview with YourTango.
“He loves me so much and the feeling is mutual,” she said. “The best is when you love someone deeply and those feelings are equally returned. Also, Robin is really there for me. When times are good or bad or sad or happy or boring, just having somebody by your side to help you through means everything. I know I can count on him standing right next to me always.”
By Cavan Sieczkowski