There is nothing subtle about Robin Thicke's attempts to woo back estranged wife Paula Patton.
The crooner's way-too-public Mea Culpa Tour continued on Monday as he released the music video for "Get Her Back." And if there were any lingering questions about the song's intent, they were quashed by the clip — which features a Patton lookalike.
The skin-tillating video includes close-ups of the shirtless crooner singing about his longings and regret, with the actress initially appearing indifferent to his desires. Eventually, however, Robin appears to win his video woman back. And, in case anyone didn't get the message, the camera repeatedly zooms in on Robin's wedding ring.
Along the way, the clip is interspersed with pop-up text messages, including: "Can I talk to you?" "You ruined everything." "You drink too much." "You embarrassed me." And "I can't make love to you anymore." The most telling reads: "I wrote a whole album about you," which is followed up with the response, "I don't care."
"This is just the beginning" the final text reads. The entire album, titled Paula, is filled with more apologetic song titles. The track listing features such ditties as "You're My Fantasy," "Love Can Grow Back," "Too Little Too Late," and "Forever Love." Thicke told Steve Harvey recently that the entire thing was written in about a week. The album is due out July 1.
Thicke, 37, and Patton, 38, announced their separation after nine years of marriage in February, following a scandal-filled year during which Thicke was linked to other women in photos and gossip columns. The two had been together since high school and have one son together, Julian, 3.
In the intervening months, Thicke has made no secret about his desire to reconcile their relationship. In several concerts he has pleaded from stage about wanting Patton back in his life. When he performed "Get Her Back" at the Billboard Music Awards in May he got down on his knees and practically begged for her to return to him.
Patton, on the other hand, has remained virtually silent on the matter. To date the only time she's spoken about the split is in the May issue of Vanity Fair.
"He wasn't my first kiss… but he was my first lots of other things," she said. "We've known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there's a deep love there — always was, and always will be."