John Mayer Admits He Was "Just a Jerk": The Lessons We Hope He's Learned

We're pretty impressed that the singer has seen the error of his ways, but we're really hoping he's taken a few things to heart

John Mayer has made a shocking realization: he can be a real jerk sometimes! The singer-songwriter, who alienated fans with a series of obnoxious interviews in 2010, says he totally understands why people turned on him.

"I was just a jerk," Mayer, 35, admits during a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning (airing on Feb. 10).

Due to a combination of the interview backlash, Twitter fatigue, and a throat granuloma that rendered him unable to sing, Mayer stepped away from the public eye for two years. During that time, he says, he learned the "very liberating" lesson that "it's impossible to make everyone like you."

We wonder what else John learned from his extended me-time. Here are three other lessons we hope he's taken to heart:

1. Do not tell the press anything about your exes. Mayer probably thought he was complimenting Jessica Simpson when he referred to her as "sexual napalm" in Playboy, and Jennifer Aniston when he told Rolling Stone that he wasn't over her. Instead, he caused them both major humiliation. Hopefully he's now keeping his thoughts on romance to himself -- or sharing them exclusively with girlfriend Katy Perry.

2. Use Twitter wisely, or not at all. John was a full-fledged social-media addict before he stopped tweeting in September 2010 (and stopped Tumblr-ing sometime thereafter). All that microblogging wasn't doing him any favors; he came often off as pompous and insensitive without realizing it. Better to maintain an air of mystery than to make fans wish you'd just shut up!

3. If you play with fire, prepare to get burned. Among Mayer's other dumb mistakes from 2010: having a fling with the much-younger Taylor Swift (who's gotten plenty of material out of it, thankyouverymuch) and using the N-word (in a conversation about his penis, no less). Even rock stars have to face the music sometimes.

Fortunately, Mayer is making amends and is ready to start over. In the video below from CBS This Morning, Mayer performs live for the first time since 2011, and talks about his "crazy couple years" dealing with his throat condition. "Lower your expectations," he advises the crowd.

Sorry, John -- afraid we're doing the opposite!


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