'I was humiliated… it was a lousy thing for her to do': John Mayer lashes out at ex Taylor Swift over her break-up song
14:31 GMT, 6 June 2012
He has often sounded off about his former lovers, having famously branded Jessica Simpson 'sexual napalm'.
But it seems that while indiscreet John Mayer can dish it out, he can't take it.
The singer, 34, has complained at feeling 'really humiliated' by ex Taylor Swift's song Dear John, which the country star allegedly wrote about him.
Bitter: John Mayer and ex Taylor Swift in 2009
'It made me feel terrible,' Mayer tells the new issue of Rolling Stone.
'Because I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.'
In the song, Taylor, who was a teenager when she briefly dated the much older singer in 2009, laments: 'I see it all now that you’re gone, Don’t you think I was too young, To be messed with, The girl in the dress, Cried the whole way home, I should’ve known.
'Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played by your dark, twisted games, When I loved you so.'
Mayer claims he was blindsided by the songs and was unaware of her feelings towards him.
'Lousy': The singer, pictured here with with Taylor at Z100's Jingle Ball in December 2009, claims he was 'caught off-guard' by the song
'I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call,' he says.
'I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I'd already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you've ever been, someone kicked you even lower'
When asked about the song's line, “Don't you think I was too young to be messed with' Mayer replied: 'I don't want to go into that.'
Mayer, whose other exes include Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Aniston, also took a swipe at her as a musician.
'I will say as a songwriter that I think it's kind of cheap songwriting,' he says.
'I know she's the biggest thing in the world, and I'm not trying to sink anybody's ship, but I think it's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!' That's bullsh*t.'
The full interview with Mayer is in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands in the U.S. this Friday.