John Mayer's Botox admission may be surprising, but the singer-songwriter has explained why he turned to the popular cosmetic procedure for his career.
John Mayer's Botox procedures weren't like the kinds many celebrities turn to to buy a few more years in the youth market in showbiz, however -- the balladeer admits that a painful condition forced him not only to get several injections, but prevented him from even speaking for months.
Of the Botox shots, John Mayer explains they were part of a larger issue involving his throat. The artist describes an unpleasant few months during which he was unable to even talk at all, and had to use other means to communicate even basic things.
"I was forced to type on my iPad to communicate anything. It wasn't liberating. Is breaking your leg liberating? No. All complexity is gone when you don't have a choice."
However, like a monk, John Mayer's Botox treatments and enforced silence ultimately, he explains, worked to give him clarity on life in general. He says that after the quiet and the not-talking, he was a changed man:
"I probably had contiguously three, maybe four months of not saying a word. The endurance was tough for me, but I started a new life."
Even still, John Mayer says Botox and a severe throat condition are issues that have caused him some lingering worry -- and he sounds a bit affected by the stress of the illness:
"It's hard to believe that I'm healed, but just to make sure, I keep going back (to the doctor) every two weeks for a look, and it's the same – if not better."
John Mayer says he got about 17 Botox shots to clear up the issue with his vocal chords.