Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon Cowell

Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon Cowell

Robin Thicke regularly gets mistaken for being Simon Cowell. Wonder why? Pic: popbabble.wordpress.com

The 36-year-old singer - who is 18 years younger than the 'X Factor' boss - often gets heckled in the street by people shouting "Simon" at him because they think he is the music mogul due to their similar haircuts.

He said: "I went through a hippy phase when I started out in music and said I would not cut my hair until I heard my song played on the radio. Now I do get called Simon Cowell because of my hair."

Robin recently hit the headlines following his performance of 'Blurred Lines' at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with Miley Cyrus, during which the 19-year-old pop princess 'twerked' and gyrated against him while wearing a nude-coloured latex bikini.

Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon Cowell

The soul singer - who is married to actress Paula Patton - insists the routine was just a bit of fun and there was no sexual element to it, despite the criticism the pair received.

Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon Cowell

He explained: "There was no sexuality between us. It was fun. It would have been different if it had been Rihanna."

Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon CowellRobin Thicke says his MTV VMAs twerking routine with Miley Cyrus would have been sexual had it been with Rihanna. Who should take offence to that?

Several commentators have blasted Robin and Pharrell Williams' lyrics in 'Blurred Lines', claiming they glamorise sexual violence, but the 'Give It 2 U' hitmaker insists the pair wrote the song to make people "happy".

Robin Thicke often mistaken for Simon CowellA still from the 'Blurred Lines' video.

Speaking on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man', which will air on Channel 4 tonight, he explained: "When we wrote it Pharrell and I just wanted to be like how people talk to each other on the dance floor.

"When you read it back you can see why some people took it the wrong way, but our intentions were purely to make people happy."

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