John Mayer revealed regrets during a Today Show interview regarding his past behavior and over-sharing about his past relationships — including those with Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, and Jessica Simpson. The 37-year-old singer songwriter — who is currently involved with Katy Perry — seems to ready to put the past behind him and learn from his mistakes.
In the interview, Mayer expressed he was disappointed and hurt when he realized his open-book tendencies resulted in a reputation as a womanizer. When asked, “You don’t see yourself as a womanizer?” he explains how he lost himself to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“No. Absolutely not. But when you’re crafty and you’re clever and you go, ‘Well, I’m just going to be as strange as they think I am,’ then you lose [yourself]. No. 1: You’re not playing music anymore. No. 2: You’re not feeling anything honestly. And No. 3: You’re not saying anything honestly.”
While he denies being a womanizer, he confesses to having an ego problem — referring to himself as a recovered ego addict. He says this creates an issue when it comes to social media, which he was active on — some say too active — until he removed himself from Twitter in 2010. While he went back to Twitter last year, he admits he may not be able to deal with it if he’s going to truly transform.
“I’m a recovered ego addict, and the only way that I can be sure that I don’t relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction—every day. So I do the Grammys and I go home, because if I stay, I get high again.”
He goes on to explain that he used to seek approval from social media and it’s something he has to constantly work on.
“You’ve already looked through Twitter. Everybody goes, ‘It’s great!’ And then you’re low again because you can’t stop looking. So I’m a recovered ego addict.”
He promises that he will not be checking Twitter after the interview, but instead will be checking the mirror, which he refers to as “the original Twitter.”
Luckily for Katy Perry, it seems she may be dating a more mature, sensitive version of John Mayer than those before her. Perhaps she has a little something to do with this change in attitude. Has the “Free Fallin” singer finally fallen hard enough to get over his ego? Mayer currently lives peacefully on 15 acres in Montana that he bought several years ago while recovering from vocal surgery, according to CBS News.
More from Ronan Farrow’s interview with John Mayer will be aired Saturday at 12 p.m. on MSNBC.
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