More than two years after their breakup, John Mayer still gets creative inspiration from Katy Perry.
In an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, John revealed that the pop superstar is the subject of his latest song, “Still Feel Like Your Man.”
“Who else would I be thinking about?” he told the paper of his famous ex, explaining how the admission reflects the relatively tame nature of his more recent romantic life.
“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,” he added. “So it’s like, give me this, people.”
While John has romanced other high-profile women in the past, including Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and Taylor Swift, the singer-songwriter went on to acknowledge a desire to shed his headline-making behavior from that time.
“I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” he said, noting that he “somehow managed to become a bad version of a bad boy.”
As he awaits turning 40 in October, John has reportedly acknowledged his shifting priorities and is ready to settle down.
“I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life,” he said, lamenting that he doesn’t currently have a special someone to throw him a party for his milestone birthday.
He apparently has family on his mind too, telling the paper that he “wants a baby with the protective earphones” to be waiting for him by the stage.
According to the Times, John is putting himself out there through an exclusive dating app. However, it reportedly hasn’t resulted in too many actual dates.
“It’s just lot of chatter,” he said of the community. “We all talk to the same people. There are very few people actually meeting up.”
Love isn’t all John has to write about, though. While the Times reported that the seven-time Grammy winner’s new album, “The Search for Everything,” may have started as a breakup record, he realized later in the process that there was much more to uncover.
“There were times when tears came out of me, and I went, ‘OK, John, this is not about an on-again, off-again relationship,'” he told the paper. “This is something more profound.”
— Erin Biglow