Robin Thicke is finally breaking his silence three weeks after he shocked and awed audiences with his MTV VMAs performance with Miley Cyrus. Though many feel that Cyrus’ twerking on Thicke was inappropriate and overtly sexual, Thicke revealed in an interview with Star Magazine that everything went according to plan: they wanted that reaction.
“We knew what we were getting ourselves into. We’re entertainers, and the VMAs is the perfect place for a little shock and awe,” Thicke says. “Yeah, we kind of knew when we were in rehearsal and we were like, ‘OK, if you touch me with your foam finger all over my crotch, obviously a few people are going to have something to say about this.’ But that was the whole point. I mean the whole point was to excite and provoke and entertain.”
The married singer also came to his dance partner’s defense, saying that Miley was just being herself and having fun. “I totally understand everyone comes from different places and has their own opinions, but when people use the word sexual, I didn’t feel anything sexual about the performance,” Thicke says. “I thought it was silly and funny. She was being humorous and naughty, but it wasn’t sexually charged at all. That’s who she is, that’s how she likes to dance. She was just being herself and I was just being myself.”
In addition to finally addressing the controversial VMAs performance, Thicke announced on Friday (Sept. 13) that he is kicking off a North American tour next year, joined by Jessie J and DJ Cassidy, according to Billboard. The 15-city tour will support his chart-topping “Blurred Lines” album, beginning Feb. 21 in Atlanta and weaving through the U.S. and Canada, ending in San Francisco on March 29.
Watch Thicke’s full interview below: