“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer says about the tune Swift allegedly wrote about him. “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.”
“Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong/Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?” Swift sings on “Dear John,” which appeared on her 2010 album “Speak Now.”
Rumors swirled prior to the song’s release that Swift and Mayer were romantically linked, though neither have directly confirmed it. Mayer says, however, that he only learned of Swift’s feelings when he heard the song.
“I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” Mayer 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 bulls—.”
Whose side are you on: Swift or Mayer?