Robin Thicke opened up about his 2018 and what the future holds for him.
When Robin Thicke looks back on his life in 2018, a word that comes to mind is “happiness.”
The 41-year-old “Blurred Lines” singer surprised his girlfriend, a 24-year-old model April Love Geary, with a marriage proposal during the Christmas season with friends and family present.
Geary is also pregnant with their second child after the birth of her daughter earlier this year. It will be the third for Thicke, who shares an 8-year-old son with ex-wife, actress Paula Patton.
Love is apparently in the air. The announcement comes shortly after Miley Cyrus, who infamously shared the stage with Thicke for a raunchy performance at the 2013 VMAs, married to actor Liam Hemsworth on Dec. 23 of this year.
“Congratulations,” shared Thicke with Fox News for the couple. “They are a stunning couple.”
Thicke has also plenty of other reasons to celebrate. The Grammy-nominated entertainer will be in 2019, with a special performance at the third annual Marriott Marquis New York New Year’s Eve Show in Times Square.
Then, on Jan. 2nd, Thicke will participate in a new singing competition series with the title “The Masked Singer”, along with Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Nick Cannon.
And just before 2018 comes to an end, Thicke released the new music video for his song “Testify.” It is his first musical release since 2016.
“It’s been a while since I put out an album,” Thicke admitted. “There are a lot of different changes in my life since then. A lot of ups and downs. So it is just about many of the things we go through in life, especially once you mature a little bit. And, you know, good ol’ fashioned soul music.”
When it comes to “Testify,” Thicke held nothing back. ETCanada reported that in the song, he opened up about his failed ten-year marriage to Patton, Geary’s miscarriage before the couple welcomed their daughter, as well as the sudden death of his father, Alan Thicke.
The Canadian actor, best known for playing beloved patriarch Jason Seaver in the hit ’80s series “Growing Pains” and died in 2016 at age 69. The New York Times reported Alan was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, when he suffered a heart attack.
The celebrity news site added Thicke wrote the record in his house in Malibu, which recently burned to the ground during the California wildfire crisis.
“I think it’s cathartic as an artist, to tell the truth and put it in the song,” said Thicke. “But I also have always loved my life in my music. It is exactly what I have done since day one.”
Thicke revealed that he had no regrets open about the loss of his father in front of an audience.
“I want to honor him as much as I can,” he said. “That just happened to be what I felt that day. The loss of him and the new feelings that come about when you lose someone who is important in your life.”
Thicke emphasises that one of Alan’s many pieces of advice is in his head as he begins the next chapter of his life during the New Year.
“He has always said just to enjoy the experience of life, family and career,” said Thicke. “Not to live too much in the past or look too far into the future. Really embrace and enjoy everything you right for you.
“We all want to achieve so many things. I have really learned to enjoy each day and each week. Instead of looking too far in the future, I’m excited about my new shows. I am excited to have another child. I am excited to put to new music. But really, there is so much for me every day. I just focus on what is, from moment to moment.”
Thicke’s upcoming album is set to premiere sometime in April 2019. But these days, Thicke is enjoying the process of creating new music, together with his surrounded by his children.
“I have not spent as much time on the road since my son was born,” he thought. “I was, of course, during the ‘Blurred Lines’ year. But besides that, I really love being alone at home. I love to make music. I will go where the road takes me, but I find it fun to be at home with my family.”
“[But the music], it is necessary for me. It’s what I do. It is who I am. Making music is a lot of me as my name or my children. My music is my soul. It is also my memoirs.”
Some reports insisted Thicke has experienced a religious awakening during the recording of “Testify.” Thicke recently told the Apple Music Beats radio 1 show that the “reconnection to God or spirituality or anything deeper than the surface, is what brings you back to who you really are and who you want to be.”
Thicke clarified to Fox News that “Witnesses” explores how he was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, while dealing with loss and personal pain.
“I think you have to look deep within yourself when things are not going well,” he explained. “When things are really good, it is easy to enjoy the day. But if things get rough, you really need to look into your soul, and to find out who you were.”
Thicke credited music, not only for keeping him busy, but also to help him heal. And now he is eager to see what 2019 is valid for him.
“It really just comes to work ethic,” he said of the advice he would give to other aspiring artists. “If you outwork the people next to you, good things will happen. You can never give up on your dream.”