Pharrell Williams admits he's 'embarrassed' by Blurred Lines' 'chauvinist' lyrics as he covers GQ's New Masculinity Issue

Pharrell Williams is 'embarrassed' by how 'chauvinist' some of his old music was.

The 46-year-old producer learned a lot from the backlash to his and Robin Thicke's 2013 collaboration Blurred Lines as it 'blew [his] mind' that some of his lyrics could be regarded as derogatory towards women and the controversy completely changed his attitude.

'I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today,' he told GQ for November's New Masculinity issue.

A changed man: Pharrell said he was 'embarrassed' over some of his older and more 'chauvinistic' lyrics, most notably 2013's Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, during an interview for GQ's New Masculinity issue

A changed man: Pharrell said he was 'embarrassed' over some of his older and more 'chauvinistic' lyrics, most notably 2013's Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, during an interview for GQ's New Masculinity issue

'Advertisements that objectify women. Song content. Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place.'

Asked if the #MeToo movement sparked his shift in attitude, he told the new issue of America's GQ magazine: No. I think Blurred Lines' opened me up. I didn't get it at first.

'Because there were older white women who, when that song came on, they would behave in some of the most surprising ways ever. And I would be like, wow. They would have me blushing.

'So when there started to be an issue with it, lyrically, I was, like, What are you talking about? There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it - women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it's like, What's rapey about that?

Mind blown: The 46-year-old producer learned a lot from the backlash to his and Robin Thicke's 2013 collaboration Blurred Lines as it 'blew [his] mind' that some of his lyrics could be regarded as derogatory towards women and the controversy completely changed his attitude

Mind blown: The 46-year-old producer learned a lot from the backlash to his and Robin Thicke's 2013 collaboration Blurred Lines as it 'blew [his] mind' that some of his lyrics could be regarded as derogatory towards women and the controversy completely changed his attitude

New rules: 'I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today,' he told GQ for November's New Masculinity issue

New rules: 'I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today,' he told GQ for November's New Masculinity issue

Growth: Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place'

Growth: Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place'

'And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, Got it. I get it. Cool.

'My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. Even though it wasn't the majority, it didn't matter.

'I cared what they were feeling too. I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind. '

New perspective: 'I think Blurred Lines' opened me up. I didn't get it at first,' he said

New perspective: 'I think Blurred Lines' opened me up. I didn't get it at first,' he said

Words matter: 'I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior... It just matters how it affects women'

Words matter: 'I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior... It just matters how it affects women'

Culture shift: 'I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind'

Culture shift: 'I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind' 

And after the controversy, Pharrell shed tears of joy over the positive response to his next track, Happy, and admitted he's never been the same since that period of time.

He continued: 'And then here comes Happy, a record that I didn't write for myself, that I ended up being on, that made people feel happy. I wrote that song for CeeLo. I don't have the capacity to write that kind of song for myself.

'When I do songs for myself, they're always too complicated, and too smart, with six bridges. Because I'm weird like that.

Happy times: After the controversy, Pharrell shed tears of joy over the positive response to his next track, Happy, and admitted he's never been the same since that period of time

Happy times: After the controversy, Pharrell shed tears of joy over the positive response to his next track, Happy, and admitted he's never been the same since that period of time

Channeling something: 'When I do stuff for other people, that allows me to channel things for them, and so the universe set up the perfect conditions to get me to write a song like that. That made me cry. It literally made me cry,' he said about his track Happy

Channeling something: 'When I do stuff for other people, that allows me to channel things for them, and so the universe set up the perfect conditions to get me to write a song like that. That made me cry. It literally made me cry,' he said about his track Happy

'But when I do stuff for other people, that allows me to channel things for them, and so the universe set up the perfect conditions to get me to write a song like that. That made me cry. It literally made me cry.

'Like, I was on the Oprah show for my birthday, and she showed me a video of people around the world singing that song, and that s**t f**ked me up. Bad.

'I was never the same. So I don't beat on my chest. I haven't been the same since any of that music.'

Happy place: 'I was on the Oprah show for my birthday, and she showed me a video of people around the world singing that song, and that s**t f**ked me up,' he said

Happy place: 'I was on the Oprah show for my birthday, and she showed me a video of people around the world singing that song, and that s**t f**ked me up,' he said

Pharrell Williams admits he's 'embarrassed' by Blurred Lines' 'chauvinist' lyrics in GQ's new issue

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