"Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke stood up to critics who've called the smash hit "explicitly sexually violent," calling himself a "gentleman."

Thicke addressed the issue during an interview with the BBC's Radio 1, during which he initially shot down the haters by saying, "I can't even dignify that with a response, that's ridiculous."

But he added: "I don't want to be sleazy, I'm a gentleman, I've been in love with the same woman (wife Paula Patton) since I've been a teenager. I don't want to do anything inappropriate."

When asked to explain the lyrics to "Blurred Lines," he said, "For me it's about blurring the lines between men and women and how much we're the same. And the other side which is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl, and even very good girls all have little bad sides to them."

The video for the song has two versions -- one where three gorgeous women are half-clothed, and one where they are topless, which has since been banned from YouTube.

Thicke revealed that he had misgivings about the idea. "My initial response was I love the clothed version, I don't think we should put out the naked version," he said. "And then I showed it to my wife and all of her girlfriends and they said 'You have to put this out, this is so sexy and so cool.'"

"Blurred Lines," which also features Pharrell Williams and T.I., is currently the most-played song on Top 40 radio and is a strong contender for the official song of summer 2013.