John Mayer opens up about Ex-Girlfriend Taylor Swift (VIDEO)

March 9, 2015

John Mayer opened up about his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift in a television interview. The multi-Grammy winning music artist spoke out, making rare public comments to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow about their much publicized relationship which ended — badly — several years ago.

John Mayer

During his appearance on the MSNBC’s ‘7 Days of Genius’ special the 37-year-old John Mayer spoke on a wide range of topics, but naturally his candor about his former girlfriend Taylor Swift. Since their split, each has written a song about the other; Mayer wrote “Paper Doll” which appears on his ‘Paradise Valley’ album of 2013 and Swift wrote “Dear John” a few years earlier; it’s among the songs on her 2010 ‘Speak Now’ album.

While neither explicitly confirmed that these respective songs were about their relationship, the particulars and details have led to much speculation.

Ronan Farrow began the discussion of Taylor Swift by asking John Mayer to comment on her decision to remove her music from Spotify. He spoke in laudatory terms of her decision, and said, ” “I think that’s cool. I think that’s really cool. Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them… The cynical could say, ‘You’re helping yourself.’ But it’s trickle down. You’re not saying, ‘I want this just for me.’ I think that’s a really cool thing for a musician to do.”

Later in the interview on to speak on Taylor Swift, his ex-girlfriend, saying, ““I put out a song called ‘Paper Doll.’ The song never got listened to as a song. It became a news story because of the lyrics. I’m not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I never said anything about it. And now I just go, ‘Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift. She’s an artist. I’m an artist. Everybody stop. Nobody’s got an incurable cancer. We’re rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let’s just stop it.’”

He was also asked how he felt about Taylor Swift and Kanye West being more influential as music artists than he is. He said,”Nothing bothers me anymore. There are going to be times when I make music as popular or as empirically value as that in terms of making pop music that won’t sell as many copies. I’m fine with that. You get to an age where you say, ‘Look, if I save a baby from a burning building and Kanye saves a baby from a burning building, there’s more Google news hits on Kanye. I’m fine with it.’ Now, together—and this is what I’m trying to tell you—we’re unstoppable.”

John Mayer has also drawn headlines for calling himself a “recovered ego-addict” during the interview and for reflecting upon his past excesses in interviews and, in his words, “I didn’t have a drinking problem. It was a thinking man’s fiasco.”

Watch the full interview video below (second video) as well as the clip in which John Mayer talks about Taylor Swift.

Pictures: PR Photos

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