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Robin Thicke admits to drug, alcohol problem in deposition testimony

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke arrive at the

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke arrive at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 24, 2013. Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss

Singer Robin Thicke says his drug and alcohol abuse is the reason his wife, actress Paula Patton, left him earlier this year, and that the shock of the separation provided an impetus for sobriety.

"I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year [2013] and I didn't do a sober interview," Thicke said in an April 23 deposition involving his 2013 hit "Blurred Lines," which the estate of Marvin Gaye alleges was plagiarized from the soul legend's 1977 "Got to Give It Up." "Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin [painkiller] to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews," he described.

Even during the song's recording session, he says in the deposition obtained and published online Monday by The Hollywood Reporter, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio."

Thicke, 37, earlier in his deposition had said his honesty was the reason "why I'm separated," adding, "I told my wife the truth. That's why she left me." He said he had "been sober for the last two months," explaining that, "When your wife leaves you it gives you good reason to sober up."

He later clarified that he still drank alcohol but had stopped using Vicodin.

Thicke and "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" actress Patton, 38, announced in February they were separating after nearly nine years of marriage and a relationship stretching to their teens. They have a 4-year-old son, Julian Fuego.

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