Robin Thicke has finally broken his silence on the lawsuit he lost back in March over the issue of his Pharrell Williams-assisted hit "Blurred Lines" in a new interview with the New York Times. The lawsuit alleged that "Blurred Lines" illegally lifted the groove from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" and resulted in a court-mandated payout of $7.4 million to the family of the late singer. 

According to Thicke, the decision came as a surprise and he explained his motivation to appeal on those terms. "Obviously, that’s why we’re appealing," he told the Times. "It comes right down to knowing the difference between being inspired and stealing. Why would I want to, or have to, steal from anybody to make my music? Inspiration can be subliminal...I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell." During the interview Thicke also admitted that he was too caught up in his personal life—namely, his very public and unashamed campaign to get his ex-wife Paula Patton back—to give the trial the attention it deserved. "I didn’t give my all to the trial," he said. "It simply wasn’t as important to me as what was going on in my personal life. I was lost at the time. I had lost my way."

"What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing," he said of his public performances pleading for Patton's forgiveness. "So I shut everything down. I took some time off to be with my son and to be with my family and close friends. And the more time I took off, the more everything became clear."

Meanwhile, Thicke is currently prepping an album tentatively titled Morning Sun for release later this year.