Grammy winner John Mayer sat down with “CBS This Morning’s” Anthony Mason for an interview that aired today, Feb. 10.
Mayer has been healing from a recurrence of a granuloma on his throat that has prevented him from singing for nearly two years, until last month, when he sang for the first time at a charity event in what has become his home state, Montana.
Mason delved into all of the tough topics with Mayer, including his playboy reputation with a series of high profile girlfriends that include Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, and now, Katy Perry.
Mayer and Perry seem very happy at the moment, having attended some big events together this winter, including a Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring L.A. Reid last night, Feb. 9 in Los Angeles, President Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21, and "A Christmas Story: The Musical" on Broadway in December with Mayer's father, Richard.
Mason pointed out that his public image was clouded by some remarks about former girlfriends Simpson and Aniston in "Rolling Stone" and "Playboy" interviews.
Mayer was very candid in his response, admitting “I was just a jerk” in his past relationships. He continued, “It’s very liberating when you realize it’s impossible to get everybody to like you.”
During his meteoric rise to fame over the last decade, Mayer has labeled himself a chronic over-thinker, though he admitted to Mason he’s learned to turn it down.
He said, “It’s given me an audience. It’s given me a life. It’s given me panic attacks. It’s given me friends and it’s given me enemies.”
Mayer’s prolific amount of success speaks mostly to his musical talent, having released five albums, for which he has earned seven Grammys. His most recent album, “Born and Raised,” is a musical departure and marks his first foray into folk and Americana. He was forced to cancel his tour to promote the album due to the granuloma’s recurrence.
His 15 acre spread in Montana became a sort of resting place for his throat and his spirit. He welcomed being forced to “stop contributing” and through it all he said he’s had “three years of capital built up with nobody quite knowing what’s in my mind.”
At 35, the time off has also given Mayer a chance to reflect on where’s he’s been versus where he’s at now. He admits being labeled as an “infamous Lothario" makes him “hugely uncomfortable.” He also realizes he’s finally caught up to his age.
He said, “I wish that I grew up, year for year of my life. I didn't I stopped for a certain period of time and I was 24 for six years. Then the log jam cleared. I’m dead on for 35.”
Mayer plans to begin touring again this summer and seems to be in a good place in his life. Mason suggested if he wanted more of a private life, maybe he should refrain from having a high profile girlfriend.
Mayer responded by saying it wouldn't be fair to tell someone I really like you, but I can’t get to know you better because of who you are. He defended his relationship with Katy Perry, saying, “I don’t feel like I’m in a celebrity relationship. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like I’m in a celebrity relationship. I’m glad. I know what you’re saying. I’m not denying it. I’m saying it feels like something that’s very human.”
Mason asked him if he sees himself getting married and Mayer said, “Of course. I’m still the kid from Connecticut. It’s what we do.”
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