Paula Patton was on the Meredith Vieira show and opened up to the talk show host about her split from ex-husband Robin Thicke. The actress admitted that it’s been a challenging year for her, however she is accepting and embracing her new reality and says that she’s grown a lot since her breakup. “I live in a place of gratitude and growing up in many ways I think… I moved from my parents’ house to moving in with Robin, and now I’m like becoming an adult at this old age. I’m really like a real woman now.”
At the age of 16, Patton met R & B recording artist Robin Thicke in 1991 at a hip-hop club in Los Angeles, when Thicke asked her to dance. According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder’s “Jungle Fever” to her as they danced. The couple began dating in 1993 and married June 11, 2005. Patton gave birth to their son, Julian Fuego on April 7, 2010. They announced their separation on February 24, 2014 after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage. They finalized their divorce on March 20, 2015.
When speaking about her son, Patton talked about the proverbial “working mom guilt.” “I took a lot of time off to be with him and then I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work…’ And… It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me because I did work when he was a baby but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman. Right?”
The 39-year-old did admit that she was saddened after her son made his innocent plea. “I cried,” she revealed. “I called my mom and I cried and she said, ‘Darling, I had to work. We all hear that.””