Despite Two Divorces Alan Thicke Plays Marriage Counselor

Published on: March 26, 2014
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Robin & Alan Thicke

Robin Thicke is turning to an unlikely source for help in saving his marriage to estranged wife Paula Patton – his twice-divorced dad Alan Thicke!

Robin, 37, and Paula, 38, who wed nine years ago, split in late February after the stunning “baggage claim” actress got fed up with her hubby’s flirting.

An insider says the “Blurred Lines” singer “has been so desperate to win Paula back, he’s even gotten his pop to play marriage counselor. “Robin’s convinced that his smooth-talking dad – despite his own checkered romantic history – could help him win back his wife.”

Paula and Alan, who’s best known for playing Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit ’80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” have always shared a close bond, says the insider.

“Paula adores Alan and he adores her. He admitted he made a mess of his own love life and caused pain for his family with divorces.

“But he told Paula he believes she and Robin have the strength to get through this and save their union.”

Alan, 67, married Robin’s mom, “Days of our Lives” actress Gloria Loring, in 1970. They divorced when Robin was 9. In 1994, he tied the knot with former Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson when she was 24 and he was 47.

They had a son, Carter, now 16, but split in 1999.

Meanwhile, Paula had overlooked stories about Robin’s excessive flirting for years, but the final straw was his raunchy Video Music Awards performance with Miley Cyrus, in which the entertainers simulated sex acts onstage.

“That stunt was the beginning of the end, and Paula could no longer look the other way,” revealed the insider. “Robin pleaded with Paula for one last chance. He told her, ‘Look, my dad changed his ways and so can I!’ ”

Since 2005, Alan – who’s at work on a new reality show, “Unusually Thicke” – has been happily married to former model Tanya Callau.

“It’s ironic that Alan’s playing marriage counselor,” the insider added. “But he doesn’t want his son to make the same mistakes he made.”