John Mayer: I'm a Recovered Ego Addict
John Mayer is ready to revamp his reputation.
The musician, 37, broke his self-imposed interview ban and spoke candidly about his newfound attitude about ditching ego and focusing on the craft.
“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 told the Today show’s Ronan Farrow in a video clip that aired Friday. (Watch the full interview Saturday at noon on MSNBC.)
“I’m a recovered ego addict,” he explained. “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.”
Mayer has retreated from Twitter and even avoided the post-Grammys media frenzy after his performance with Ed Sheeran in February. Why? To avoid getting “high” off fan approval on social media, he described.
“The greatest moment for me was giving up the big fight, the big fight to be this thing that gets off the airplane at LAX and floats through,” Mayer said of his search for a quieter life.
The songwriter also admitted that too many uncensored, kiss-and-tell press encounters about past relationships has given him a reputation that he isn’t so proud of – a womanizer.
But does Mayer believe that to be true? “No, absolutely not,” he said.
Mayer has most recently been linked to his on-and-off girlfriend Katy Perry. The couple was spotted on a double date with Girls actress Allison Williams and her fiancé Ricky Van Veen in Los Angeles in January, and Mayer accompanied Perry to her Super Bowl performance in Phoenix, Arizona in early February.