In everyone’s defense they were all teenagers, it was 20 years ago and it was a different time, aka “the 90s.” (We once told a white male classmate he was cute during the 90s and he never spoke to us again! Yes, the 90s were so progressive in the Midwest.)
But during that different time, R&B crooner Robin Thicke was his future wife Paula Patton’s secret boyfriend due to fears she had about how others would perceive her for dating a white guy in high school.
“She [Paula] got a lot and I would take on whatever she was going through when she got home from those issues. The funny thing is, in high school she didn’t take me to prom, her prom, because she didn’t want everyone to know she was with a white guy because she was president of the Black Student Union. I was a secret. She didn’t want to show up with a white guy. Funny right? That was 20 years ago and I do believe that with music and a lot of the influences in movies and entertainment is normally the leader in changing some of these societal things. And I think that times are changing. The new generation doesn’t feel the same way as the last generation…It’s mostly the older people who have those thoughts.”
Obviously, things got worked out for the “Blurred Lines” singer. He and Patton have been married since forever now and pretty much gush about their love to any camera in the vicinity. So, let’s just say, she definitely got over that fear.
Check out Thicke’s full interview with Stern below: