Robin Thicke defends role as ‘twerkee’ in Miley Cyrus VMAs performance

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Robin Thicke has been receiving almost as much criticism as Miley Cyrus for their sexually suggestive performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

On an upcoming appearance on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, the popular “Blurred Lines” singer defends his actions, explaining, “Listen, I’m the twerkee. I’m twerked upon.”

“I was on stage. I didn’t see it. So to me, I’m walking out towards Miley [and] I’m not thinking sex. I’m thinking fun, you know? I mean her and I don’t have that kind of … you have to remember, I’m singing my butt off. I’m sitting there. I’m looking up at the sky, and I’m not really paying attention to all that,” he added.

This isn’t the first time Thicke has attempted to put the controversy over the VMAs to bed. In a recent Vanity Fair interview he said, “They told me [beforehand] that Miley’s going to take her clothes off and dance around and she might bend over. I just said, ‘I don’t care, let’s entertain the people. Let’s give them something they’re not ready for, let’s make them talk.'”

Numerous writers and critics have raised questions about the state of Thicke’s marriage to actress Paula Patton in the wake of his performance with Cyrus.

However, the Baggage Claim star has stood by her man.

“(Miley and Robin) rehearsed for three days, and Robin told me in advance,” Patton said of the performance on The Today Show. “I’ve got to be honest with you: I don’t know what people thought Miley was going to do — I mean, sit down and play piano?”

“You know what is so funny? He finished, and I was like, ‘That was great! You guys killed it!’ … Woke up the next morning, it was like, I got all these texts, like, ‘Praying for you,’ ‘Hey, I’m here for you.’ I’m like, ‘What?!’” she added.

For his part, following the VMAs (and the leaking of a suggestive photo with a fan backstage), Thicke has insisted that he and his wife “are perfectly in love.”