What with all the talk about Jessica Simpson's "sexual napalm," the 400 vaginas he sees everyday and the racial preferences of his penis, it would be easy to write off John Mayer's Playboy interview as just another douchebag explosion. However, amongst the crass overshare are little snippets of authenticity and true feeling that give us pause to ask How well do we know John Mayer, really? Community Blog: In Defense of John Mayer
And about that interview: we even hear in his voice a warble of emotion during a recent on-stage mea culpa:
In the quest to be clever I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me and I went, as I had begun to do, into a wormhole of selfishness and greediness and arrogance... Maybe I need to take a break from trying to be clever... [Source: Huffington Post]
Here are eight of the most surprising quotes pulled from his Playboy interview:
Having a good conversation is just as good as getting laid:
If I have a conversation with a really hot girl that lasts all night and she says, "Wow, I had no idea I was going to like you this much," that is the equivalent, for me, of getting laid.
He hates being "the heartbreaker":
I hate being the heartbreaker. Hate it. If I date somebody and it doesn't work out, it's another nightmare for me. I don't like the way the odds are stacked. If I date nine more girls before I get married—which I think would be completely appropriate—that would be nine more spats of character assassination. I don't equate sex with release, I equate it with tension. It's given me a lot of pause. Somewhere in my brain it has probably really f*cked me up.
All he really needs is love, adoration & affection:
The best I ever felt was when friends' parents would say, "John can come over any time. We love that kid." When I date a girl and find out her friends approve of me, I love it. I love being liked!