John Mayer wooed Taylor Swift back in 2010, and inadvertently inspired one of her thinly veiled smackdown songs -- now, he's opening up about Dear John the first time in Rolling Stone.
Of the track, which includes the lyrics "It was wrong / Don't you think nineteen's too young / To be played / By your dark, twisted games / When I loved you so" -- Mayer says he was "really humiliated." He adds, "It made me feel terrible. 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."
And while Taylor has never directly said John inspired the song, it's been long rumored, and seemingly confirmed given just how upset he is that Taylor never gave him a heads up. "I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard," he says. "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?"
But for Mayer, the biggest problem he has with Dear John is its inelegance as a song. "I will say as a songwriter that I think it's kind of cheap songwriting," he says. "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 bullsh*t."
Somewhere, Jessica "Sexual Napalm" Simpson is smiling.
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