John Mayer's shadow days really are over.
In a rare interview with MSNBC's Ronan Farrow, the singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner opened up about how he's no longer the same man who spilled intimated details about his relationships with Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson and made jokes about race and pornography.
What made Mayer realize that his public persona needed a makeover? "I went, 'All right, dude, you did a couple interviews where you were out of touch and you were being a ham, and you were basically break dancing into a nitroglycerin plant, right?'" he said in the interview, which aired on NBC's Today Friday.
According to Mayer, it hurt when "somebody misunderstands you and says, 'You're a womanizer.'"
"You don't consider yourself a womanizer?" Farrow asked.
"No. Absolutely not," Mayer replied. "But when you're crafty and you're clever and you go, 'Well, I'm just going to be as strange as they think I am,' then you lose [yourself]. No. 1: You're not playing music anymore. No. 2: You're not feeling anything honestly. And No. 3: You're not saying anything honestly."