John Mayer Apologizes for Using the 'N Word'

John Mayer held nothing back in his recent Playboy interview -- and now he's regretting it.

In the new issue of the mag, after claiming "Black people love me," the singer said, "Someone asked me the other day, 'What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?' And by the way, it's sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a n***** pass."

It didn't take long for Mayer to get slammed for his choice of words, and soon the singer was Tweeting an apology.

"Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself," he wrote. "It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there's no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged."

Later, Mayer added, "I think it's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews...it's gotten out of hand and I've created somewhat of a monster. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it. Again, because I don't want anyone to think I'm equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again."

Apparently still upset about the interview (in which he went into detail about his sexual relationship with former girlfriend Jessica Simpson), Mayer broken down on stage during his show in Nashville Wednesday night.

"I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done," a choked-up Mayer told the crowd, an eyewitness tells E! News. "I just want to play my guitar."

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