Exploring John Mayer's Controversial Moments: From 'Sexual Napalm' and Beyond
John Mayer reflects on scandals and controversies in candid interview.
John Mayer, known for his controversial relationships and past use of racist language, recently opened up about his public "downfall" in an interview with The New York Times. Reflecting on his desire to avoid the "clichéd rock star" image, Mayer admitted to inventing his own downfall, comparing it to rebooting a computer. He acknowledged the cat and mouse game he played with the media, ultimately losing the battle.
Throughout the years, Mayer has been involved in various scandals and controversies. In 2006, he made a surprise appearance at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and took a swipe at his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Love Hewitt, claiming they never had sex due to food poisoning. However, the joke did not land well. Mayer later clarified that he was making fun of himself and called himself a "wimp."
There were rumors that Hewitt inspired Mayer's hit song "Your Body Is a Wonderland," but both parties have denied the speculation. Mayer stated in a 2022 interview that he had never met a celebrity when he wrote the song.
In 2010, Mayer gave two highly criticized interviews, one of which was featured in Playboy. He used a racially charged slur and faced backlash for it. Mayer later apologized on Twitter and expressed his commitment to being less "raw" in his interviews. He admitted to creating a monster with his unfiltered thoughts.
In the same Playboy interview, Mayer made explicit comments about his relationship with Jessica Simpson, calling her "sexual napalm" and expressing his desire to quit everything for her. Simpson addressed the interview in her memoir, expressing her embarrassment and disappointment in Mayer's words.
Mayer also spoke about his relationship with Jennifer Aniston in his 2010 interviews. He compared Aniston to another woman he had met, questioning how he could relate to both of them. He also implied that Aniston couldn't keep up with technology, referencing her preference for the past.
One of Mayer's most talked-about relationships was with Taylor Swift. They collaborated on the song "Half of My Heart" and briefly dated when Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32. Swift wrote a breakup song titled "Dear John," which criticized Mayer's behavior. Mayer released his own song seemingly inspired by Swift, but criticized her songwriting as cheap.
Mayer attempted to change his image with his 2017 comeback record, The Search for Everything. However, the music video for "Still Feel Like Your Man" received mixed reviews and accusations of cultural appropriation. Mayer defended the video, claiming it had a multiethnic cast and that no one was playing an Asian person.
Despite the controversies, Mayer continues to make music and address his past mistakes. He remains a polarizing figure in the industry, with fans and critics alike having strong opinions about his actions and words.