June 6, 2012


John Mayer Reacts To Taylor Swiftboating

Theo Wargo
Theo Wargo

On her 2010 album Speak Now, Taylor Swift had a song called "Dear John" that was widely believed to be about songwriter John Mayer. It appears he got the message.

Mayer talks about the song in the current issue of Rolling Stone, telling the magazine, "I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I'd already been dressed down." He continued: "I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you've ever been, someone kicked you even lower?" At the time of the song's release, Mayer was in the midst of a brutal public backlash triggered by a previous interview he gave the magazine, in which he bragged about Jessica Simpson's "sexual napalm" and made comments that were widely interpreted as racist. 

Swift never officially said "Dear" is about John, but has done little to disabuse her fans of that notion. "There are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints," said Swift. "Everyone will know, so I don't really have to send out emails on this one."

When asked about the notorious line, "Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don't you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?" Mayer told the magazine "I don't want to go into that." 

Mayer also told Rolling Stone he "didn't deserve" Taylor's lyrical takedown. What do you think? Did Mayer have it coming or was Swift out of line? Listen to the song below and tell us what you think.