*As previously reported, Robin Thicke paid tribute to Whitney Houston by sharing a cover of the late singer’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” over the weekend, recording the song with just a piano and vocals. [Scroll down to listen.]

Furthermore, he changed the lyrics – which were originally written in third person – to first, in order to make it a purely personal tribute.

“I was thinking about Whitney and how incredible she was and remembered I had recorded this song years ago but never released it,” he told MTV News.  “When I listened to it again, I was overcome by emotion, because the lyrics express everything I’m feeling right now.”

“That’s what was so special about Whitney, she had an amazing ability to connect to all of us and at the same time make us feel inspired,” he continued. “We love Whitney Houston and always will.”