“Nothing provides a clear view into someone’s taste, eye or intentions like the way they retouch a photo,” Mayer — who’s currently convalescing in Montana following an emergency appendectomy he underwent earlier this month — wrote Friday.
Teigen, 32, knew just what to do. Digging into her archives, she pulled out a picture of herself she later explained she had since September 2015 and sent it back to Mayer, 40, without commentary.
The photo had Teigen’s head placed on the body of Nicki Minaj in her iconic booty-bearing squat pose immortalized on the cover art of the rapper’s 2014 single “Anaconda.”
Mayer was thrilled, telling Teigen on Twitter that he was “dying” of laughter.
“New hi[gh] score,” he said, adding, “John Mayer took a screen shot!”
Minaj found it funny too. Hours later, she reposted the photo with a crying laughing emoji.
In September Mayer declared, “I spend an inordinate amount of time per day wondering if Nicki Minaj would like me or not,” which quickly drew a response from the rapper. “Would my body be your wonderland?” Minaj asked, referencing Mayer’s 2002 hit. “Asking for a friend.”
The musician was left speechless by the innuendo-filled retort. “Please hold on, losing my s—,” Mayer responded. “This isn’t my reply yet.”
As Mayer explained in a November appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, though, he doesn’t plan on responding because Minaj, 34, “wins that exchange.”
“At the time when I wrote it — No. 1 it’s completely authentic and No. 2, I forgot that I was a famous person and that I would find out very quickly whether or not she would like me,” he told host Andy Cohen with a laugh.
“In very short order, something was going on with the retweet thing and I went, ‘Oh man, this is going to be bigger than I thought.’ But she was really, really kind and funny to me. And I was like, ‘She wins.’ She wins that exchange. She spiked the ball — it was great. You’re supposed to spike the ball and I’m supposed to lose and you win, and for the most part, I thought it was cool.”
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The two haven’t spoken since their back-and-forth — and that’s by design.
“That portal between two people who follow each other that could be crossed by either side should be respected,” Mayer said. “Two follows does not a DM relationship make, is what I’m saying. I think we’re both very responsible with the membrane that connects two people who follow each other on Twitter. Right now it’s just puncturing it just to do it. If we need each other, I think we know we’re there.”