Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Robin Thicke stole the summer of 2013 with his smash hit “Blurred Lines,” and now it appears he may have stolen the song itself, too. In the midst of his legal battle, Thicke recently revealed a history of substance abuse that contributed to the trouble he’s in today.
In the Thicke of a Legal Battle
During the summer of 2013, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” captivated the attention of the international music community and vaulted Thicke into the limelight he’d sought out for so long. Unfortunately, it also caught the attention of Marvin Gaye’s children, who are now suing Thicke and Williams for “Blurred Lines” being a knockoff of their father’s hit “Got To Give It Up.”
According to BET.com, Gaye’s family recently filed new documentation to the courts that included audio proof that last summer’s biggest hit is indeed a ripoff of the iconic soul artist’s song. Although it may be difficult for the untrained ear to make the connection, Thicke didn’t help his case as he ran through a series of interviews last year where he confirmed the connection between the two songs, and consistently alluded to Gaye’s inspiration for “Blurred Lines.”
Thicke’s Drug Use Leads To Blurred Reality
An already sticky situation became even more of a mess for Thicke thanks to his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol, something he finally revealed during his deposition for the Gaye children’s lawsuit. Thicke admits he was drunk and high on Vicodin throughout the entire “Blurred Lines” recording process, which, combined with his lust for commercial success, resulted in him adopting the idea that he contributed more to the creative process than he actually did.
Thicke didn’t leave his substance abuse issues at the studio. He leaned on them to get him through a gauntlet of press appearances as he promoted the record on its way up the charts. “I didn’t do a single interview last year without being high on both [alcohol and Vicodin],” Thicke said. “Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day, and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
“I would say normally one or two,” Thicke admitted when asked how many Vicodin he would take prior to an interview. “But one or two during the morning and afternoon and then a couple more at night.” As a result, Thicke barely remembers most of those interviews, such as on-camera appearances with VH-1 and Fuse. One interview does stand out to him, though – Oprah. Still, it wasn’t significant to him because of who he was speaking with or what he said, but rather because of the pills he took to get him through. “It was actually a Norco, which is like two vicodin in one pill, so twice, two times the power,” Thicke said.
The Subtle Signs of Substance Abuse
Thicke’s admission provides valuable lessons for those dealing with substance abuse, but it’s also embedded with several important messages for the secondary victim’s of these diseases: the family, friends and loved ones of those who are suffering.
For starters, it provides a reminder that the signs aren’t always as glaring as we expect. A person doesn’t have to overdose or drunkenly make a fool of themselves for them to have a serious problem with drugs or alcohol. At one point in the deposition, the lawyer points out that Thicke doesn’t appear visibly high or drunk during those interviews. He questions whether or not Thicke’s publicist had knowledge of his substance abuse and willingly allowed him to do interviews under the influence. “No, of course not,” Thicke rebuked. “Everybody just thought I was entertaining.” It was a short answer, but one that has a much larger implication.
While it is often said that admitting you have a problem is the first step to solving it, many times the people suffering are afraid to admit it because they believe no one else has noticed. The acknowledgment and support of those around them could be the spark that ignites their desire to change.
Thicke hasn’t taken a Vicodin in two months, and cites his wife leaving him as the wakeup call he needed to get clean. Sometimes it takes the influence of a loved one to open people’s eyes to the damage they are truly doing to themselves and the ones they care about. And sometimes, we may need to look a little deeper to identify the problems someone is dealing with. If you think someone you care about may be struggling with drugs and alcohol, don’t ignore the signs – regardless of how subtle they may be. Get them the help they deserve. Call the Watershed today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: Celebrity Addicts, Celebrity Rehab, miley cyrus, Recovery Music