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John Mayer: Taylor Swift 'Really Humiliated Me'

John Mayer: Taylor Swift 'Really Humiliated Me'

John Mayer is now speaking out about Taylor Swift‘s song “Dear John” – which she allegedly wrote about him – saying it made him “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,” the 34-year-old singer tells Rolling Stone.

“Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?” Taylor, now 22, sings on the track from her 2010 album Speak Now.

“I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call [about how she felt],” John said. “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?”

“I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he added. “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 bull—-.”

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  • kiki

    so he’s proven yet again what an asshole he is

  • Logan

    he just proved why noone REALLY likes him..

    Chris Brown Says “EVERYbody Worried About Rihanna Face, Nobody Ever Stopped to Ask Me How My Hand Felt” .. Wow really??

  • Billy

    John you are such a loser.

  • SJP

    Skank that uses cheap publicity and stunts to sell albums. Yeah like she was really ever in a relationship with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner or John Mayer. Just has phony relationships with these guys so she can write her juvenile songs about how they took advantage of her and hurt her. Kaboom 2 million albums sold. Such a crock of crap. Just like she milked the Kanye incident which made her become literally the biggest artist of that year. She should have thanked him and handed over 50% of all money she made that year. That’s coming from someone who doesn’t even like Kanye.

  • me

    I had a love dream about JOhn MAyer last night!!!

  • kimm

    I think too that was really unnecessary to write a song about him, it’s not like she was really really in love with him, for her to write a song. She was not that in love with any of them. Should have handled it a different way.

  • the truth

    I get what he is saying. For me she is nothing special, her lack of control and range in her voice just makes me wonder how she got herself a record deal. Her whole music is surrounded around singing shit about famous people. It’s ridiculous. She is a grown ass woman, when is she going to give up on her pathetic love songs that are better suited for TEENS, which she is NOT one? What he is basically saying is that he wasn’t aware of her feelings.
    ‘“I know she’s the biggest thing in the world’ LMAO. He is obviously questioning her credibility which I wholeheartedly agree with.
    Waiting for all her fans….

  • WhyNot

    And yet… he saw nothing wrong with trash talking Jessica Simpson and all his other exes. Coming back at him doesn’t feel good. He was humiliated? Imagine how Jessica felt to have her ‘sexual napalm’ splashed across all the headlines.

  • July

    It’s not like she was going to marry the guy. Jeez.

  • Callie

    John is a narcissist and so is Taylor.

  • Lori

    I agree with him! If the hollywood rumour mills are right….and they usually are, that wasn’t even a sexual relationship, because she’s never had sex. It was just a few phone call and few photo ops. just like all her other “relationships”. And her “relationship” with John mostly happened when all his mess was just starting up. I really think she jumped on another opportunity to be “poor Taylor” in song and that is so cheap. About time someone called her on it. wish the other poor bastards would “speak now” too

  • Mikaela

    @WhyNot sooo true!!!He didn’t think twice before talking about his sex life with Jessica or talking about Jennifer. He’s no angel.

  • alisha

    you know if three guys had dated her and dumped her shortly after, I am sure she got some problems.

  • dobbi

    He’s a tool.




  • Elsa

    I hate that Taylor Swift is regarded as some sort of innocent good-girl when she’s as bad as the bullies she writes about. She likes to make other people look bad with things like this and insulting Camilla Belle by calling her a s*lut in that song then has the audacity to write a song called “mean”.

  • Johnathon

    Wow, I’m pretty sure Taylor felt the same way at some point about everything he just said. Thus is why she wrote the song.

  • laly

    For once i agree with him, Taylor is creepy… i mean she don’t have to name the guy.

  • Baboom

    Aw poor John his feelings were hurt? Who cares. He made himself out to be an ass a long time ago. Who cares if Taylor wrote a song about you. You told everyone about your sex life with differen women. That is far more messed up than one crummy song.

  • eden

    YES JOHN, you’re doing something right: oust Taylor Swift for the terrible singer/songwriter that she is! Date guys, get dumped, and write up poor me songs. John Mayer can be an a$$hat himself, but one thing the guy knows is MUSIC.

  • Payback

    Dear John,

    Mission accomplished.



  • Lori

    All her relationships are stage photo ops and PR stunts anyway. She’s a Hollywood beard. SHe ever has a real relationship, I hope she has enough sense to keep what goes on private

  • Emily

    LOL, seriously, John Mayer? First of all, did she ever even confirm it was about him? It’s not like John is an uncommon name or anything. So coming out and pretty much confirming that it IS indeed about you only makes you look guilty of the “crimes” of the song. And plenty of artists have done plenty of cheaper things in their lives for money or fame than write songs about people they know.

  • Jennifer

    Yep, it’s all about you John!

  • ash

    totally PR stunt.he said that so ppl would pay attention to his new album.

    song writing is kinda artistic creating,like writing a novel,some details can be fictional,cuz it’s called ART,not diary.Like she wrote you belong with me cuz she saw her guitar player on the phone with his gf,she just got this idea,she doesn’t really,you know,had a crush on her guitarist.

    p.s.,Taylor Swift never admitted herself in any kind of interviews that Dear John was about John Mayer.



    HAHA 007!!!!???? HAHAHA

  • Jamie

    They’re both immature. Obviously her age gives her a bit more of an excuse, but she still acts like a fourteen year old stunted child when she’s actually in her 20′s. He’s just a pig, and it serves her right to get involved with him in the first place. What did she expect? And on the same coin, what did he expect? She was a teenager who got famous for writing slam songs about guys. He got what was coming to him.

  • Kkk

    eh, personality-wise, neither are angels.

    however, music wise, john mayer is wayyy up there, and taylor swift is nowhere to be seen in the spectrum.

  • jo

    Even though he was a jerk in the past and did worse things, it doesn’t mean he DESERVES to be treated that way. No one does. Also, he is saying he has changed and admits that he was wrong in the past. Maybe it is bull, but either way he is acknowledging it. I find it interesting that he is basically saying that she never talked about her problems with him, but then had no problem telling the world about it. Who knows if it is the truth, but if it is, it is pretty sad on her part. All relationships require communication and it is immature to talk to the world about some guy’s problems, and not even tell the guy what you feel. I also have doubted how much of a relationship they had and heard the rumors about her virginity, so I really doubt he did anything that bad. I think what she did was kinda cheap to be honest even if he is an obnoxious jerk. Based on what I suspect and what he said, I gotta say I am on his side. And no I am not some superfan…I barely like his music or him. I also believe he has changed because the old John Mayer would have been like “She’s crazy I barely even dated her and we never had sex cuz she is a virgin!” lol

  • Lori

    @ash: saing nothing in celebrity speak is equal to saying yes

  • Demitasse

    I like John Mayer’s music. He is really talented. I think he knows he’s a douche when it comes to women at least back then he was. But people do outgrow certain behavior and they change and I like his music so I’m not going to condemn him flat out. But I will say that even a douche can say something honest, and I have to applaud him for telling people how he feels about Taylor. None of her other victims ever speak up. Everyone knows there are “song doctors” in Nashville “helping” Taylor write her songs. I think she is fake and I agree with John Mayer about her music.

  • July

    Did she write song about Jake G? I’m curious!!?????

  • :I

    not only did he address that the song is actually about him, but he also describes her songwriting as lousy!

    john mayer.. your honesty is highly appreciated!

  • gotoHELL

    I can’t even believe that some people are on John Mayer’s side. John Mayer is a DOUCHEBAG! John Mayer is a MANWHORE! Talk about bad case of amnesia. You don’t really believed that he’s actually changed just because he’s taking “accountability now,” right? He doesn’t have a problem blabbing about Jessica Simpson and other exes. John Mayer felt “HUMILIATED”…that was really funny. HE BROUGHT ALL THE SHAME TO HIMSELF. The song been out for like a year and half. Why now? OH yeah, John Mayer’s album just came out and he wants you to think the he’s a changed man or somewhat less douchey and hoping you forgot everything that happened 2-3 years ago. You’re an idiot if you actually feel any ssymphaty for this guy.

  • ash


    no i dont think so

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]

    ..whatever dealings they had weren’t that serious for her to write a song about it. and John Mayer a grown asss man, he should talk to grown asss women not a little girl who seems so emotionally immature.

  • Dramamama

    Taylor Swift is awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!She is a lousy songwriter and singer. He is right about her. I guess she had nothing else to write about. What a boring person. Just listen to LANA DEL REY guys!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ben

    This coming from a guy who was suffering an all time low from stating racist and sexist remarks!! HA! Go Taylor. Nobody leaves Swifty in the corner.

  • Mandy

    She dated Jake, too…keep ‘em guessing…more power to her if this is a way she works through it…

  • Morning Sun

    I love Taylor and I think John is a jerk. However I do hope Taylor simmers down her slamming ex boyfriends on her next album. The only boy she has dated has been Jake in the past two years. I really hope she doesn’t write an entire album about how he broke her heart. There is more to life than a breakup with a boyfriend. Surely she has had more experiences to write about.

  • Dave Franco

    Sorry, He got PWNED. But he is right about one thing: Taylor Swift is weak minded, and easily vulnerable This is not the first time she tries to get revenge on her ex bfs.

  • Emily

    That song came out almost two years ago and he is just now responding to it?? Could it be he has a new album to promote? By the way, John is nothing but a sexist and racist pig.

  • Dave Franco

    I use to like Swifty, but man, she is starting to become toilet bowl for relationships. Bet you se dates Justin Bieber in a year or two…

  • Triangle

    I get what John was trying to say, but I don’t think he said it in the best way possible. He was fine until he started criticizing her songwriting. That’s low. If he wanted to share his side of the story, he should have been more mature about it. And he’s kind of going back to his old ways, despite the fact that he took a break to regain control of himself and fix himself (he said something like this on Ellen, where he was very pleasant).

  • http://gmail sesa

    Get over it John.

  • Katmac

    I’m so glad he finally called her out! John Mayer was 100% in the wrong for the comments he made about his exes… But he at least was in a relationship with each of them… When did Taylor Swift and John Mayer ever date? Oh wait, they didn’t! He asked her to sing about three lines of a song on his last album, they both attended a group dinner, an awards show and he played at one of her concerts (along with every other artist who has made a semi- hit song in the past two years). She developed a crush that he didn’t reciprocate and she vilified him, like she does to everyone else when she writes songs! If anyone pulled a pr move, it was her, making something out of nothing! Seriously, if John Mayer had actually messed with Taylor Swift, don’t you think he would of said something?! The man isn’t one to hide his conquests… I Loved Taylor’s first cd, but since then I feel like all of her songs are basically saying “I’m a princess on a pedestal and living a fairy tale/ you hurt my feelings so I’m going to write a song about what a horrible person you are and make sure everyone knows its about you” I’m sure her next cd will have tween girls singing “oh jake, you pierced my heart with a stake” or something equally nauseating that she can sing in a sequin dress.

  • jm


    Taylor’s new album coming out this fall. I’m expecting one Jake G. song at least. He broke it off so suddenly. Pretty much after his movie came out. US weekly said they spend Thanksgiving together, (yes the photo op.) He’s did not go to Taylor’s bady. (12/13).

    He practically use her to promote his movie if you asked me. Remember, they popped out of nowhere.

  • http://AthanasiaHoran Athanasia

    ‘cheap songwriting’? Well,sorry mr douchebag I can’t hear over the 6 grammies.

    ps: 14+ million swifties are after you

  • Overlap?

    So, if he dated Taylor then, it seems that there was “overlap” with Jen? Interesting. Well, he said Jen was stuck in 1998 & that he was too young to stuck in the kitchen petting dogs with her. Guess he went after someone younger after being so bored.

  • Kat

    Yeah, he was “dressed down” because he made racist comments in a magazine and then made horribly personal comments about his ex in regards to their sexual relationship. Excuse me if I don’t cry you a river. This was just karma. Stop whining.