Paula Patton stopped by ESSENCE Live where she opened up life as a single mom after divorcing Robin Thicke, how her dating life is going and what kind of man she's looking for.

Charli Penn
Jun, 09, 2016

Paula Patton hasn’t let her divorce from ex husband Robin Thicke dampen her attitude toward love.

The actress, whose 10-year marriage to Thicke ended in 2015, stopped by ESSENCE Live today and revealed that she has been dating again, but admits there has been a learning curve.

“It’s been fun and interesting and I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about a lot of other people and what I like and don’t like,” said Patton, who stars in new sci-fi movie Warcraft.

But, the busy working mom of son, Julian Fuego Thicke, 6, says when it comes to getting back out on the dating scene, she’s taking things slow.

“I haven’t been doing too much of it, it’s kind of strange,” Pattons admitted. “Listen, Robin and I, we… I met him when I was 15 years old, and I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s exciting; it’s so fun. I’m having a blast.”

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For Patton, starting over has been more about find herself than finding a new soul mate.

“It’s really nice, honestly, getting used to being alone,” added Patton. “It’s freeing. It’s scary at the beginning. It’s really scary.  But it’s something I’m coming to embrace, knowing that 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.”

While Patton, 40, may be unclear of just where her dating adventures will take her, she knows exactly what kind of man will catch her eye.

“You know what the biggest thing is for me? Somebody who really likes to have fun,” said Patton. 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.”

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