"I'm a recovered ego addict," says John Mayer, who sat down with msnbc's Ronan Farrow last week (in a transparent attempt to rid his reputation for being a steaming hot pile of trash). "By day I was this sort of mild mannered kid who nobody really saw. And by night I would be in a room listening to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane and Freddie King and Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton," Mayer said of his teenage years. Curious.

The singer claims to have sought refuge in (mostly) black musicians in order to get away from the shittiness of high school. Black dude musicians. Because let's never forget that Playboy interview back in 2010 where he shit all over black and brown women: "My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock. I'm going to start dating separately from my dick," he told the magazine.

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That was then. Mayer tells Farrow he was just being a "ham" and "out of touch" during that Playboy interview. "You could have sat down in front of me and and said 'John that's not getting printed but I wanted you to know what would have happened had I not stopped that interview.'" Right but that's...not what happened. We know about you, John.

"I never would have wrapped my Corvette around a tree. My high speed crash was an intellectual one." C'mon my dude, exposing yourself as a racist piece of shit was not an "intellectual crash," was it?

Mayer confesses he would have rather killed himself than have been killed at that point in his life. In all seriousness, I'm glad he's still with us. Despite whatever dick things he has said and done, fame is partly to blame for sucking the human decency out of him.

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And on that note, here are some more highlights from the interview:

  • Mayer says he doesn't consider himself a womanizer, feels misunderstood.
  • He's different now because "I know what I want". Lulz.
  • Who cares about hits? Not John Mayer. "I don't care if this video gets 500,000 views or 50,000 views or 5,000 views."
  • "Nothing bothers me anymore"
  • "I'm a singer who is bigger than one song or one record"
  • Mayer found "home" in Montana. "It gives you outside perspective."
  • He's going to be a family man. "I'm going to have one wife, a certain amount of children, friends that are set, fans that will listen to the music that I make."
  • Mayer wants to be "One Direction via Neil Young"
  • Mayer says he's not a not a genius. Yes, thanks.

Watch the full interview here:

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