Remember when Robin Thicke very publicly tried to win Paula Patton back while on tour for his album Paula in 2014 but the pair did not get back together, after it was speculated that Thicke had been unfaithful. According to Fishwrapper, two years later, the 40-year-old actress is "living life and has faith that everything sorts itself out."
She went on and said: "Be patient, I'm learning that later in life it's like, 'All in due time,' and the real goal is to find joy in the right now. Focusing on what I have right now is really good and not be concerned with things I can't control: How other people see me, what they say, it's wasted energy for me and it's never done me any good."
Patton opened up about looking for "joy" after her split from first love Thicke. She continued: "I want more joy. I want more happiness. I have a beautiful son. I've been lucky to do what I've done and to focus on anything else is such a waste. It's a discipline because trust me we all go there. What I'm striving for is to have more joy, play, have fun with this life. Growing older is a good thing in that way, right? Keep on trucking. You have to find the place where it gets comfortable and easier."
The pair, who met in high school 1991, married in 2005 and have a four-year-old son, Julien, together. Patton and Thicke divorced in 2015 after 10 years of marriage. The split also came after the 2013 VMA's disaster with Miley Cyrus.
The Baggage Claim actress recently told Essence magazine that she finds dating to be an uncomfortable experience. "I've learned a lot about myself and a lot about a lot of other people and what I like and don't like," Patton continued. In fact, the actress detailed exactly what she's looking for in a mate.
"You know what the biggest thing is for me? Somebody who really likes to have fun," Patton said. "I want a man, but I want a man that also wants to embrace his inner child. You know? Laugh. Have fun. Enjoy the moment... I just, I want to be happy. Life is too short."
Along with learning about potential suitors, Patton said she's also learning about herself.
"It's really nice, honestly, getting used to being alone. It's freeing," Patton said. "It's scary at the beginning. It's really scary. But it's something I'm coming to embrace, knowing that's really what it is now -- learning to love yourself, enjoying your time with your friends and family, and then it will sort itself out. But I gotta figure all that out I think first. I have to learn that."