John Mayer takes the December cover of Details magazine. The singer talks about his life, career and whether or not people hate him.
Here are some highlights.
How he feels currently about his life:
“I have the obsessiveness of someone who’s a sober, recovering addict displacing his addiction. Except I never had the addiction. I’m in the place of greatest freedom right now—not giving a fuck. I have what I would consider artistic tenure, and I created it for myself. I don’t have anybody telling me what to do. I don’t have ‘fuck-you’ money. I have ‘that’s my seat’ money.”
On whether people hate him:
“What if I had a booth on the street and I said, ‘Attention, everybody who hates me: If you have a problem with me, I’m ready to hear your gripes! I will be outside the Barneys store on 60th Street from two to four this afternoon. I will not be speaking to fans. I will only be speaking to people who do not like me. Come out and let me have it. I will not speak back.’ How many people do you think would be standing there? I’m talking about people getting the chance to tell me directly, ‘I think you’re a douchebag.’ You know how many people would do it? Ze-ro. You know what they’d do? They’d walk up and say, ‘I’m just messin’ with ya.’ And you know what I’d say? I’d say, ‘You’re a douchebag!’”
On whether he dates celebrities to further his career:
“You just never know who’s going to come into your life. To my mind, the only thing sicker than saying, ‘Wow, you’re a famous person and it would do a lot for my career to go out with you,’ is to say, ‘Wow, you’re a famous person and I like you and all, but I can’t do that to my career.’ I don’t think either of those is a good option.”
Edited: November 27th, 2009