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Remember when John Mayer referred to Jessica Simpson as sexual napalm? Well, so does he -- though he's starting to wish he didn't!
The singer knows he made headlines in 2010 for making some contentious (and outrageously inappropriate) comments about everything from Simpson's bedroom abilities to his lingering feelings about Jennifer Aniston and his thoughts about black women. He even dropped the N-word and immediately received considerable backlash for his uncensored ramblings to the press.
Two years later, Mayer realizes what a mistake those interviews were both personally and professionally.
"I lost my head for a little while. I lost touch and I didn’t want to ask for directions," Mayer, 34, told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Tuesday. "I did a couple really dumb interviews and it woke me up."
Referring to early 2010 as "a very strange time," a contrite Mayer said he made a conscious decision to step away from the limelight. He credited the break with "rocketing him into adulthood."
"I'm glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight," he said. "Back then I would've said, 'Let me get out and do Ellen and explain myself.' It was like, 'No, idiot. Go away -- be 33 and 34 instead of 28 for the fourth year.'"
Although the two years were professionally productive for Mayer, who wrote and recorded his new album Born and Raised (in stores May 22), he is unable to perform because of the return of a granuloma in his throat.
"It's not a health concern whatsoever but it has taken me out of singing," he explains. "Tried to beat it the first time and couldn't. They cut this thing out, then they inject your vocal cords with Botox which freezes [them] so [they] can heal without smacking up against the other side. I just need more Botox next time."