Remember a few years ago when John Mayer was the biggest playboy in show biz? For a long time, he (unfortunately) put his stellar musicianship on the back burner and instead made headlines with controversial statements and TMI interviews (like that one time he compared former girlfriend Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm” — yikes).
But in a new interview with the “Today” show that aired Friday (March 6), Mayer insisted he’s a changed man and no longer wants to be the filterless wild child we once knew.
"I went, 'All right, dude, you did a couple interviews where you were out of touch and you were being a ham — and you were basically break dancing into a nitroglycerin plant, right?'" Mayer said, adding that he realized he was in trouble the "first time somebody misunderstands you and says you're a womanizer.”
The 37-year-old’s former flings include high-profile starlets like Simpson, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. But when asked if he considers himself a womanizer, he said no way.
"No, absolutely not," Mayer insisted. "You're crafty and you're clever and you go, 'Well, I'm just going to be as strange as they think I am.' And then you lose, number one you're not playing music anymore. Number two, you're not feeling anything honestly. Number three, you're not saying anything honestly.”
These days, Mayer makes more of an effort to shut himself off from the rockstar life. He now calls Montana home — which he says gives him an “outside perspective” — and admits that he doesn’t seek the approval and validation he once needed to feel “high.”
"I'm a recovered ego addict," Mayer said. "The only way that I can be sure that I don't relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction — every day. So, I do the Grammys and I go home cause if I stayed, I'd get high again. You’ve already looked through Twitter, everybody goes, 'It's great,' and then you're low again because you can't stop looking. So, I'm a recovered ego addict.”
Mayer pulled himself off Twitter in 2010, but has since rejoined. However, these days he’s much more likely to use social media in a positive way, like with his recent complimentary musings on Lady Gaga’s artistry, or with sobering thoughts like this.
All in all, Mayer definitely seems eager to disassociate himself with the “ego maniac” label that once seemed to fit him so well. And judging by this refreshingly honest and humble interview, it seems like he’s on the right path!