John Mayer Is "Quite Happy" Dating Katy Perry

Artist dishes to about life post-throat surgery and enjoying himself "in all aspects of my life"

By Natalie Finn Jan 31, 2013 4:56 AMTags
Katy Perry, John MayerAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

If people know where John Mayer was last weekend, so be it! He was probably off somewhere being gloriously happy.

"I'm quite happy," the Born and Raised artist told when asked how his relationship with Katy Perry is going. "I'm happy in all aspects of my life. I'm very happy in all aspects of my life."

Wow, happy times three! So, what has changed recently for the singer—other than the cute-bomb that is Katy Perry raining love confetti all over him?

"I also think that the way that the media plays a part in everyone's life has changed over the last several years," Mayer said in his interview. "I think people are a lot less concerned with what's going on with the lives of celebrities, and celebrities are a little less concerned with what's going on with the lives of other people thinking about them all day."

We have no idea what led him to believe that, but...good for him!

"I mean, I used to be incredibly put off by somebody taking a picture, thinking as if in some way it was it was invading my brain," Mayer said. "But all it is is you can see where I was last weekend. That's all...And I think time has shown that nothing will be stolen from you. It's just a photograph of you and your dumb scarf that you put on because it wouldn't fit in your suitcase. Cool."

Hey, dumb scarfs can be trouble.

Of course, also contributing to the 35-year-old Grammy winner's shift in perspective was the possibly career-ending condition he's been battling for the last couple of years that, post-surgery, has left him with a different laugh, less projection in his singing voice and "a new way around everything."

"They said cancer would have been easier to get rid of," he recalled doctors saying about the granulomas that he has needed two surgeries to remove.

And, sidelined from performing and touring, he has been forced to actually deal with himself.

"I just became more settled in as a person," he also said in the interview. "I would rather not be settled in as a person instead of playing music all the time, to be honest with you. But that wasn't an option. I wasn't going to be able to just visualize myself as a musician.

"You know, when you visualize yourself as a musician, you can make a lot of apologies for the little weird, interpersonal things you have with people. And when you don't have that, you go, 'OK, let's focus in on the fact that the people I see today, I'm going to see tomorrow.'"

Perry and Mayer attended the inaugural ball—and VIP afterparty—together in Washington, D.C., last week, but Perry went solo Sunday night to Muse's afterparty at Pink Taco in L.A. following the British band's Staples Center show. A source says she was hanging close to Kate Hudson, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy's leading lady, for most of the night.

"She was dancing, having the best time," says the insider.

Sounds like she's in a pretty good place in life, too.

Additional reporting by Brett Malec