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John Mayer: Taylor Swift ‘humiliated’ me

  • Mayer says Swift's song 'Dear John' was humiliating and 'cheap songwriting'
  • The pair was rumored to have been a couple years ago, but both denied it at the time

Crooner John Mayer has been out of the spotlight for some time now, but he still hasn’t gotten over one famous ex -- and no, it’s not Jennifer Aniston.

In a revealing Rolling Stone interview, the singer opens up about the humiliation he felt at the hands of country-pop star Taylor Swift, whose song “Dear John” was a thinly-disguised diatribe against the notorious ladies man. The pair was rumored to have had a fling years ago, which both denied at the time.

Mayer acknowledged that the song was about him, telling the magazine, "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." Only 19 at the time of the rumored hookup, one of Swift's lyrics is "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with?" 

Mayer felt embarrassed by the implication, and he resents Swift for never reaching out directly to tell him how she felt. "I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call," he says. "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?"

The singer-songwriter clearly hasn’t gotten over the dig, telling the magazine that not only is the message wrong, but that it’s “cheap songwriting.”

"I know she's the biggest thing in the world,” explained Mayer. “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!'”

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