Robin Thicke may have achieved a career peak in 2013 – his song "Blurred Lines" sold the most downloads and held the No. 1 chart position for 12 weeks last year – but it was also a year of major stumbles and setbacks for the controversial singer.
Problems at home aren't the only issues Robin's had over the last year. Below are six of his biggest recent ills to hit the front pages:
1. Love After War - On Monday, Robin and his wife Paula Patton, who have been married since 2005, announced their separation. "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," they said in a statement released to People. In a 2007 interview with Yahoo Music, Robin said he was blessed to be married to Paula. "We all need somebody who really loves us just the way we are, dirty drawers and everything," he said.
2. Crossed the Line - Critics suggested that "Blurred Lines"'s message and lyrics such as "I know you want it" promoted nonconsensual sex. The song was banned at several universities and an adult version of the video featuring nude models also received backlash.
3. Dirty Dancing – In theory, having Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform a mash up of their songs "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" at the VMAs seemed like a good idea, but it turned disastrous when the former Disney starlet emerged in a skintight, skin tone bikini, wagging her tongue, twerking and making obscene gestures with an oversized foam finger. Though Robin appeared to be surprised by the antics, he was unable to escape criticisms for his involvement.
4. A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - A week following the VMAs performance with Miley, a scandalous photo of Robin and a fan surfaced. In a reflection of the image, Robin's right hand appears to be reaching underneath the woman's skirt.
5. Got to Give Credit Where It's Due – Marvin Gaye's children claimed that "Blurred Lines" unlawfully copied elements of their late father's hit "Got to Give It Up." After months of legal proceedings, the Gaye children dropped its suit and settled out of court with Sony.
6. And the Winner Is … Not Robin Thicke - Despite "Blurred Lines"'s nominations at all the year's realted award shows -- Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, Teen Choice Awards, O Music Awards, MTV Europe Awards – Robin was completely shut out at each event. He did not win one single trophy.