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Robin Thicke Performs ‘Forever Love’ for Paula Patton at 2014 BET Awards [VIDEO]

Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but you’ve got to give the guy credit for trying. We’re talking about Robin Thicke‘s 2014 BET Awards performance of his new song ‘Forever Love,’ dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton.

Before the singer even played a note on his piano, he gave this quiet and sincere introduction: “Good evening. My name is Robin Thicke,” he said. “I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife, and say, ‘I miss you, and I’m sorry.’ This is called ‘Forever Love.’

And the lyrics aren’t just confined to getting Patton back, they’re also about being there for her no matter how long it takes for her to forgive him.

“If you ever doubt it now, baby, I will be there picking you up. You can lean on me anytime, baby, for anything you want and need… Anytime you need a friend, baby, I will be the one that you want,” he sang in a quieter tone and seemingly more pained than usual.

Thicke also choked up a bit before the song ended, which shows just how difficult it was for him to perform it. Another difference you may have noticed was his overall look. Gone were the flashy striped suits and the cool-looking aviator glasses. There were also no backup dancers, twerking or his usual Hollywood swagger. It’s evident the R&B star only wanted to present the song, nothing else, which is probably the best way to convince Patton that he meant what he was singing.

It’ll be interesting to see if she comments on the song publicly.

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