The 37-year-old candidly referred to himself as a 'recovered ego addict' in an interview Friday.
“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,” he said.
“So, I do the Grammys and I go home ‘cause if I stayed, I'd get high again... 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.”
Before Perry, he dated Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Love Hewitt—developing a rep for being a notorious Hollywood playboy Douche—but, Mayer got defensive when interviewer Ronan Farrow said he’s considered 'a womanizer.'
"No, absolutely not,"he insisted.
Mayer admitted that getting more recognition for his love life than for his music was a blow to his ego.
Pre-recovery, when Mayer was still courting the media, he enjoyed pushing limits to get more attention, with the ethos,
“Well, I'm just going to be as strange as they think I am.”
“And then you lose, number one you're not playing music anymore. Number two, you're not feeling anything honestly. Number three, you're not saying anything honestly,” Mayer told Farrow.
“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?” Mayer said.
The Grammy winner explained that a lot of soul searching, coupled with relocating to Montana, has put him back in touch with not only who he is as an artist, but who he is as a person as well.
Asked what he'd tell his younger self, Mayer said,
''That guy's really, really talented, but I don't want to be anywhere near him when that thing goes off!''
Not just really talented, but "really, really talented."
His humility is truly inspiring….