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Robin Thicke,  and his actress wife of nine years, Paula Patton, are separating.

The couple, said in a statement to People.com: “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.”

In recent months after Thicke was photographed with socialite Lana Scolaro at a post-MTV Video Music Awards party in New York last September.

The picture showed Thicke cupping the blonde’s buttocks. She subsequently went public with claims that he didn’t stop there, telling Life & Style magazine the singer hit on her, while Patton watched.

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