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Robin Thicke Breaks Silence on VMAs: 'The Whole Point Was to Provoke' (Video)

The R&B singer says he and Miley Cyrus intended to get tongues wagging with their racy duet.

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Miley Cyrus dancing with Robin Thicke during their VMA performance

Robin Thicke has finally spoken out about his controversial performance with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying that they fully intended to give people something to talk about.

"We knew what we were getting ourselves into. We're entertainers, and the VMAs is the perfect place for a little shock and awe," he tells Star in a video interview. "Yeah, we kind of knew when we were in rehearsal. … 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."

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Cyrus previously said she was out to make history with her grinding- and twerk-filled performance. And even though she stripped down to a flesh-colored two-piece, danced around suggestively with a foam finger and repeatedly bent over and shook her rear end, including once standing directly in front of Thicke, her performance wasn't sexual, he says.

"I thought it was silly and funny. She was being humorous and naughty. But it wasn't sexually charged at all," he said. "That's who she is and that's how she likes to dance. And she was just being herself and I was just being myself."

But the "Blurred Lines" singer, no stranger to controversy, can understand why some people might have been offended by the performance. As for his wife, actress Paula Patton, Thicke says she loved it.