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Robin Thicke: Julian Has ‘Changed My Life’

12/06/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
Patrick McMullan

Finding somebody cuddly to love has changed Robin Thicke.

The Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter believes his 20-month-old son Julian Fuego with his wife, actress Paula Patton, has made him less selfish and a better performer.

“Since I’ve become a dad, I no longer perform for me, I perform for my family,” the recording star, 34, told PEOPLE at Friday’s Fendi Casa Luxury Living and Beats by Dr. Dre party during Art Basel in Miami, where Thicke sang several songs.

“Julian has changed my music and made me think less of myself. He is an angel, the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Thicke, who debuts his new album, Love After War, this Tuesday, wrote its 17 songs during the past year and a half that he took off to care for Julian. Some of the songs reflect his life changes and new status as a dad.

“I wrote one song called ‘Never Give Up’ to encourage Julian to fight back when he faces problems in life,” Thicke tells PEOPLE.

He also wrote songs about feeling insecure to reflect the stresses he and Patton faced when Julian first arrived.

“It was hard when we became parents, because we had to balance our careers with this new person in our lives,” says Thicke.

“I lost my mojo for awhile. But finally we hit a rhythm, and we are more in love than ever and so supportive of each other. We’re both crazy about our son.”

With Thicke launching his album, and Patton touring different countries with Tom Cruise to promote their new Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Julian has been separated from his parents for two weeks.

“This is the longest either Paula or I have been away from Julian and it is hard for both of us,” says Thicke, who adds that Patton’s mom is babysitting. “We talk to him constantly on Skype, and he seems to understand his parents are off doing their thing, which is good for him.”

Already, Julian has begun to dance and loves to visit his dad in the music studio. He walks up to the microphone and lets Thicke know he wants to play piano and drums. The little guy also does pushups and has begun to emulate his mom doing yoga.

“Julian is an old soul,” says Thicke with a laugh. “In two weeks, I fly to Los Angeles and grab him so we can be together in New York for his mother’s movie premiere. We are all about family.”

– Linda Marx

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LPW on

Sweet.

breannastar on

I think that julian thick is a little cutie

torgster on

Such common sense parenting is refreshing for a change. They actually realize it’s OK to still have their own lives and that the world didn’t have to screetch to a halt just because they had a baby. And I’m sure Julian loves the times with Grandma. But alas I’m sure in no time there will be a hundred comments from the supermoms and know-it-alls bashing Robin and Paula for being selfish and neglecting Julian……sigh…..

Anonymous on

I wonder why Paula or Robin didn’t just take Julian with them on their respective promo tours. Tons of celebs have done just that with their kids. Not critcizing, just wondering. :)

Anonymous on

On a somewhat happier note, I wonder if Paula and Robin will ever make Julian a big brother? :)

NickyAngel on

I’m a huge fan of Robin & Paula…and little Julian (too cute)

FC on

I love their little family, and I am looking forward to checking out Robin’s new album. :)

Sandy Bottom on

Seriously, who is Robin Thicke?

Anna on

Gorgeous man with a gorgeous family

Allison on

It makes sense to leave the kid at home with family. This way there is no disruption of his schedule. Besides promo tours are a lot of jumping from city to city rather quickly.

Shelby on

No, life doesn’t stop when a baby is born, but he or she should be the first priority. Robin and Paula need to be physically with Julian.

rosebud on

Robin, I am wondering why you never mention your Mom, Gloria Loring. Beautiful lady and a wonderful singer. Was a regular on the Merv Griffin show in New York and many others.

gottabelieve on

I have no idea who he is, but he is gorgeous!

Julianna on

Wow, Julian’s nearly two years old already? Time sure has flown! I like how they chose not to disrupt Julian’s routine and instead left him on the more than competent hands of his grandmama.

anonymous on

Robin is a R&B singer and songwriter. He’s not as well known as a singer, but he has written songs for Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and lots of others. Glee did one of his songs that he sings. It was performed by the Dalton Academy Warblers in the Gap Attack scene. The title is “When I Get You Alone”.

Adri on

Sandy Bottom, ever heard of google.

sal on

Arent grandmas great, lol! I think its good not to disrupt a young childs environment or schedule so its good to be with grandma at home but I think two to four weeks is INSANE to be away from your baby if you dont HAVE to be. How is that putting your family first?

jachol on

I have to go out of town for business 3 days and 2 nights. I was stressing about missing my daughter and her missing me so glad you shared this story Robin. I feel a lot better. It’s ok to have a career and support from family!

JLJ on

I have never had kids, but, come on, Paula couldn’t have taken the baby,why leave a 20 month old for two weeks? I wouldn’t do it. Betcha Jen Gardner has not done it…

Siera on

@JLJ. So what if Jennifer Garner hasn’t done it? Different strokes for different folks, get over it.

Siera on

@Sandy Bottom. If you actually took the time to read the article before leaving a meaningless comment, it clearly says Robin Thicke is a Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter.

Shenae on

2 weeks away from Mom and Dad does seem a bit excessive…but I’m sure it was something they couldn’t help, with their contracts and all…

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