Robin Thicke took to the stage at the BET Awards for a debut performance of ‘Forever Love’ which he dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton, saying, he missed her and was sorry. The distraught singer cried as he sang the poignant words before the audience at the Nokia Theater in L.A. and now the video has gone viral.

 Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Photo: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
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The 37-year-old R&B music superstar performed at the 14th annual BET Awards on the eve of the release of the new album, ‘Paula,’ named after his wife, 38-year-old actress Paula Patton. The couple announced their separation in February after almost a decade of marriage and two decades together as a couple.

Seated at the piano, he said to the audience, “Good evening, my name is Robin Thicke, I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife, and say, ‘I miss you, and I’m sorry.’ This is called ‘Forever Love.'”

The song is among those on the new album. As he performed at the piano he did not hide his emotional distress. He could be seen crying and sniffling and even pausing to wipe his nose. It made for a painfully sad performance, as he seemed to barely be able to sing the lyrics he himself had written: “…I don’t need any reason, memory, or a season. / Every day I will believe that you and I are meant to be. You’re my forever love…”

Rather than being the occasion of an artist clinching the much-needed international exposure as his album is to be released, instead the world witnessed a heartbroken man alone on the stage at a grand piano as illuminated letters spelled out the name of the woman who was no longer in his life.

Afterwards, the BET Awards host, Chris Rock offered some attempted levity which fell quite flat, as he said of Robin Thicke, “He’s singing like she don’t know him. I miss the other song, the one that sounded like Marvin Gaye.”

Indeed. It was just a year ago that Robin Thick’s mega hit ‘Blurred Lines’ was the song of the summer all around the world.

The full replay is below.