By: Jodi Phillips

On Thursday night, Robin Thicke kicked off the Blurred Lines tour in Washington, D.C. just days after his wife, Paula Patton, asked for a separation.

While the tour was originally slated for a Feb. 21 start, he canceled the first three shows due to vocal issues and “unforeseen circumstances,” though rumors swirled it was due to his impromptu visit to Canada to win her back.  Well, the stage in D.C. seemed like the perfect place for the soulful crooner to pour his heart out about his recent drama.

Before busting into his romantic hit “Lost Without U,” Thicke spoke softly to the crowd with a romantic piano rhythm playing in the background.  “For those of you who don’t know, my wife and I got separated a few days ago.  But I want everyone here to know that I”m trying to get my girl back,” he says while removing his jacket and rolling up the sleeves on his white shirt.  “She told me, she said ‘you should go out there, you should tell them the truth.  You should tell them that you’re trying to get me back’,” he says before adding that “she’s a good woman.”

“It’s hard to say it in front of everybody,” he admits.  Just before the song begins, he tells the audience he’s dedicating the song to her among a slew of screams and cheers.

At the beginning of the week, Thicke and Patton released a joint statement saying they had decided to separate after nearly 10 years of marriage.  The two met when Thicke was 14 and have been together since.

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