As the "With You" singer explains in an exclusive clip from her upcoming interview with Tamron Hall, airing on March 26, that's not the reason she decided to include stories about her ex in Open Book. "No, I definitely don't feel that I am owed a public apology," Simpson tells Hall. "I mean, you can't take it back. And I'm a very forgiving person but I'm also honest. So, in the memoir, if I'm gonna talk about stuff that caused me pain, I'm going to be honest about it. And that was a time in my life that I was very manipulated and also in love, or seemingly."
One of the details Simpson shared in her memoir was that Mayer once "told me he was obsessed with me, sexually and emotionally." A feeling he too was open about, telling Playboy in 2010, "The girl is like crack cocaine to me. Sexually it was crazy. That's all I'll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm."
Though Simpson admitted in her memoir that she was embarrassed by the public declaration, she also noted that it helped her move on from Mayer. Now, over a decade later, Simpson, who is married to former NFL player Eric Johnson, can see how different her relationship is compared to her time with Mayer. As the mom of three tells Hall, "Now that I have the love of Eric, it's just such a different thing."
And as for Mayer—who has admitted to hearing bits of her memoir—Simpson points out that he "might not be sorry" and that's OK with her. "We were kinda like on-off, on-off at that time," she says. "But to talk about anybody sexually is kind of disrespectful, but that's on him."
You can see more from Simpson's interview on the Tamron Hall Show on Friday, March 26.