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Robin Thicke: 'You Can't Listen to Your Own Music When Having Sex'

Singer talks fatherhood and new album 'Love After War'

November 23, 2011 11:05 AM ET
Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke attends Rolling Stone's 2nd annual American Music Awards after party at Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge
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Robin Thicke has definitely made his share of what the legendary Al Green calls "baby-making music." But does the R&B singer listen to his own music while, um, making babies with his wife, actress Paula Patton?

"My wife still tries to play my music when we have sex and I always ask her to skip the iPod," he said at the Rolling Stone American Music Awards party on Sunday night. "Skip it! I can’t possibly listen to my music when we make love. It drives me nuts because I keep going, 'The bass is too loud, the guitar is wrong, I should’ve put a solo in that section.' You can’t listen to your own music when having sex."

So what does he listen to, then? "I like to listen to her say, 'Yes, Robin, more, Robin, stronger, Robin,'" he said, laughing. "I like to hear that." 

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In all seriousness, though, Thicke said he is a changed man on his new album Love After War (out December 6th) – and he owes it all to fatherhood. "The interesting thing is after you have a baby and you see what your wife goes through to have a child, you really learn what it’s like to be compassionate and passionate and loving and patient," he said. "I really have become a man in the last couple of years, whether I wanted to or not."

In fact, even on Sunday night he would have rather been home: "I’m obviously shamelessly promoting my new album, otherwise I’d be at home taking care of my one-and-a-half-year-old."

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