In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that will hit newsstands on Friday, Mayer criticized the song.
“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,” he said. “I never got an email. I never got a phone call. 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?”
Swift wrote the song, which was featured on her best-selling 2010 album “Speak Now”, after the couple ended a short romance.
Swift has never officially confirmed that the song was directed at John Mayer, but said that the subject of the tune was obvious.
“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 wrote in the lyrics.
Mayer said he had no warning that Swift was writing the song and only learned of her feelings when he heard it for the first time.
“I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he said.
- John Mayer: Taylor Swift’s ‘Dear John’ Song ‘Humiliated Me’ (rollingstone.com)
- John Mayer Calls Out Taylor Swift For ‘Humiliating’ Him In ‘Dear John’ (mtv.com)
- John Mayer On Taylor Swift: ‘It’s Kind Of Cheap Songwriting’ (socialitelife.com)
- John Mayer was ‘humiliated’ by Taylor Swift song (ctv.ca)