Robin Thicke has confessed under oath that he was so jealous of Pharrell Williams’ talents he told interviewers he had a bigger part in the writing of 2013 hit “Blurred Lines”.
Interrogated for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give it Up,” the singer reveals he amped up his involvement in the song because he was upset that his biggest hit was really someone else’s brainchild.
Thicke and Williams are currently in the middle of a drawn-out legal battle with Gaye’s children over claims they sampled various segments of the late soul legend’s song without permission, and in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, singer Thicke admits he took too much credit for the track.
He told the Gayes’ lawyer, “I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit… I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that… I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.”
But when he was asked if he was around when the rhythm track was being created, he added, “To be honest… I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted… I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit.
“I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was… but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song… (I was) lucky enough to be in the room.”
Williams appears to agree with Thicke in his deposition, explaining, “This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that’s where the embellishment comes in.”
But the “Happy” hitmaker insists it’s Thicke’s voice that holds the song together – and that’s why he gave the singer so much credit: “It’s the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don’t get enough… we don’t get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot.”
Thicke goes on to admit that any comments he made in media interviews about the song’s similarities to Gaye’s track and his love for the soul man’s music, which are now being used as proof of his sampling acts by the Gayes, were probably made in a drug haze, adding, “I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year… I didn’t do a sober interview.”
Thicke further confesses he was high on painkiller Norco when he sat down for a revealing TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, and reveals his wife Paula Patton left him when he told her the truth about his drug use.
Thicke and Williams’ depositions were recorded back in April.