Current chart-topper John Mayer, who once bragged about sleeping with Jessica Simpson and sat down for a way-too-much-information interview about his sexual habits with Playboy two years ago, has now piped up about the offense he took to Taylor Swift‘s 2010 Speak Now track “Dear John”, which was allegedly penned about him following a brief relationship the two artists shared.
“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.” Catch more of this apparently-reformed rocker’s comments on Taylor below.
Swift’s song in question contains these lyrics: “Wondering which version of you I might get on the phone tonight / Well I stopped picking up, and this song is to let you know why / Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone / Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?”
Later in the song, Taylor makes note of “your sick need to give love then take it away,” and asks, “Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?”
In Rolling Stone, John Mayer goes on with his own lament, about “Dear John”:
I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?
Mayer was asked by the publication about Swift’s lyric regarding her being 19 at the time. “I don’t want to go into that,” he said.
But just in case you thought Mayer had gotten kinder and more cuddly, and toned down his controversial comments on his exes, he used this opportunity to attack Swift’s songwriting abilities.
“I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he told the magazine. “I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.”
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