John Mayer is trying to rebrand himself. First the professional makeover, with a mainstream pop album where his sexuality is front and center. And then there’s a personal revamp, casting himself as a reformed womanizer who just wants to settle down.
“I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” Mayer told the New York Times in a story posted yesterday, in reference to his womanizing days. (He’s dated Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cameron Diaz and others.) His new album includes songs about his 2014 breakup with Katy Perry, which he spins as proof that he hasn’t been dating much lately. “Who else would I be thinking about?” Mayer said, in reference to Perry. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”
Those breakup songs might be about something deeper, though. “There were times when tears came out of me, and I went, okay, John, this is not about an on-again, off-again relationship,” he told the Times. “This is something more profound.”
Mayer has been living out of a hotel, the Times reports, and doesn’t want to set up another bachelor pad. “I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th,” the Times quotes him as saying, noting that he’ll reach that milestone soon. “I want the baby with the protective earphones” on the side of the stage. “I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”
What is he doing to try to catch up? He’s on an “exclusive dating app,” the Times notes. Which sounds exactly like the nonexclusive ones: “It’s just lot of chatter,” Mayer said. “We all talk to the same people. There are very few people actually meeting up.”
Mayer is an uncle now, which appears to have strengthened his urge to settle down. “That’s the final frontier, man,” he tells the Times.
Here’s hoping he’s grown up since those rambling, offensive interviews from his early 30s — and that his dating app profile is full of adorable uncle pix and omits his desire for a woman with the “Joshua Tree of vaginas.” We’ve even got a username for him: Late4MyLyfe.