Two New Year’s Eves ago, John Mayer and Katy Perry were spotted together at The Nice Guy in LA. But sometime not so long thereafter, they officially called their on-and-off relationship quits — and Perry started hanging with Orlando Bloom. Thing is, apparently Mayer isn’t over Perry — and he admits his breakup song on his forthcoming album, The Search for Everything, is definitely about her.
“I still keep your shampoo in my shower / In case you wanna wash your hair / And I know that you probably found yourself someone somewhere / But I do not really care / 'Cause as long as it is there / I still feel like your man,” he croons on “Still Feel Like Your Man.” And in an interview with The New York Times, he fully acknowledges these words were written with Perry in mind.
“Who else would I be thinking about?” he said. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”
After Perry, Mayer has been hitting up “an exclusive dating app” (cough, cough — Raya), but he doesn’t go out much. As to the app, “It’s just lot of chatter,” he said. “We all talk to the same people. There are very few people actually meeting up.”
Throughout the Times profile, it’s clear that Mayer is trying to rebuild his rather shattered persona — no one has forgotten his comments in those Playboy and Rolling Stone pieces, or as Mayer puts it, “the double-headed dragon of the Rolling Stone interview and the Playboy interview.” He called himself “a Mack Truck without brakes” a few years ago. But he’s cleaned up his act, he says. He quit drinking, went to therapy to address his “attachment style” and started smoking pot. “I’m actually very thoughtfully entering cannabis life,” he said. Cool, man.
And staring down 40, he’s ready to settle down. He calls starting a family “the final frontier, man.” And he describes the feeling of yearning he’s been experiencing. “I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th,” he said. “I want the baby with the protective earphones” by the side of the stage. He’s even been living out of a hotel for fear of establishing another bachelor pad. “I want to say, ‘We’ll take it,’” he said, adding, “I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.” We can’t say we fully buy his “changed man” shtick, but, hey, even old dogs can learn new tricks. We’ll see.
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