John Mayer: ‘I’m a Recovered Ego-Addict’, But Not a ‘Womanizer’

Katy Perry and John Mayer Are Dating Again
The music industry's cutest couple is back on.

In a rare interview with Ronan Farrow for the Today Show, heartthrob John Mayer confessed that it’s difficult for him to keep his ego in check and that he doesn’t think of himself as a “womanizer.”

Additionally, Mayer gets candid about his former habit of “kissing and telling” and acting rather uncensored in the public spotlight, when he really should have just been all about the music.

The seven-time Grammy winner confessed that when he became enamored with the fame that his successful musical career brought him, he realized his public image wasn’t true to who he was (or what he wanted it to be).

He explained, “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?'”

The blues guy started to realize his discomfort with his image “the first time somebody misunderstands you and says, ‘You’re a womanizer.'”

Mayer disagreed with the statement that he’s a womanizer, saying, “When you’re crafty and you’re clever and you go, ‘Well, I’m just going to be as strange as they think I am,’ then you lose No. 1: You’re not playing music anymore. No. 2: You’re not feeling anything honestly. And No. 3: You’re not saying anything honestly.”

The handsome singer-songwriter has dated his fair share of high-profile women and let his tongue slip more than a few times about his many exes, from Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson to Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz.

He went so far as to leave Twitter in 2010 (he has since returned and filled our hearts’ void) because social media was key in fueling his ego and bringing him down, too.

“I’m a recovered ego addict, and 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 said. “So I do the Grammys and I go home, because if I stay, I get high again.”

“High on the approval?” Farrow clarified.

Mayer replied, “Well, yeah. You’ve already looked through Twitter. Everybody goes, ‘It’s great!’ And then you’re low again because you can’t stop looking. So I’m a recovered ego addict.”

As for this interview (airing Friday, March 6), Mayer promised, “I will not check Twitter. But I check the mirror, the original Twitter.”

Ah, how wise.

Now, Mayer appears to be back on with his former love Katy Perry and calls Montana his home, saying that, “The greatest moment for me was giving up the big fight, the big fight to get off the airplane at LAX and floats through…”

He added, “I have a lot of admiration and envy sometimes for people that large. I’ll be standing by the front desk sometimes being like, anybody want to notice me?”

As for what he would tell his younger self, knowing what he knows now, Mayer confessed, “I’d say, ‘That guy’s really, really talented, but I don’t want to be anywhere near him when that thing goes off!'”

Ronan Farrow’s full interview with John Mayer will air 12 p.m. on MSNBC Saturday, March 7 (as well as interviews with Carole King and Judd Apatow).