December 15th, 2009
11:53 AM ET

John Mayer: I'm taking a break from dating

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He has dated some of the most well-known starlets in Hollywood, among them, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson, but John Mayer has had enough of the ladies, for now at least.

The serial dating singer told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, in an episode airing today, that he is going on a romantic hiatus.

“Yeah, I'm a little freaked out about dating," Mayer says. "So, I'm just going to let time pass and just do my thing."

Mayer admits to Ellen that he has fallen into the trap of dating women who have been more famous for much longer than he has.

"For some reason who ever I date has been famous for a while. I can't sit here and be like, 'Oh, please let me live my life in private with this famous person who's been around for 15 years,' " he says. "The last thing you want is to see me doing is bashing my head going, 'I'm shocked, that I'm being followed right now.' ... I'm just going to hunker down.”

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  1. Cecile

    Musically he is very talented but with his history of serial dating it makes me wonder.......should he just come out of the closet already!!

    December 16, 2009 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. jeleighbean

    Is it just me, or does this guy sound like a bigger d-bag every time he "announces" something?

    December 16, 2009 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. chris

    good you need to take off and maybe get your head right

    December 16, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Traci

    To Timey:
    Battle Studies is actually his 4th studio CD
    Not including 3 "Live" CD's and 2 EP's
    And....
    Dont forget about "The John Mayer Trio"

    "ITS ONLY MUSIC NOW"

    December 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angela

    I don't think dating famous people has anything to do with his obvious fear of commitment. Has he ever dated anyone longer than a year?

    December 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Business Time

    John Mayer's problem is that he has the guitar skills of a legend and the emotional psyche of a teenage girl.

    December 15, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Timey

    Hello John, If you ever read this, I would go on a date with you. Just to hear all your music from Cds 1, 2 and now 3.

    December 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LadyLady

    John Mayer can just quit dating celebrities and start his way to marrying me.

    December 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kate

    What a lot of ignorant comments about someone that the commentators profess to hate/despise/disrespect/not care about. Why do you bother to come here and post nasty things about someone you don't know, other than what the media has chosen to portray. Go ahead and hide behind your anonymity – I would be ashamed of myself to be so full of venom toward a complete stranger that has never done me any harm.

    December 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    Who cares what he does with his life? He has some talent but probably not as much as he would like to believe. He has dated some beautiful woman and I could never understand their attraction to him.There must be something good about him if Jen Antison cared about him but then again she loved Brad and he's a jerk.

    December 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sandi

    hey John – the new CD – AWESOME!!! thanks
    See in you March in Seattle

    December 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. brody

    hey the dude's just a huge bro. no reason to hate him. he's just trying to rage

    December 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Traci

    "As for his music I can assure you that whoever is blasting him has never listened to one of his albums. The guy is a great songwriter and excellent guitarist. His stuff is a little moody, but I for one get it and enjoy it."

    GREAT POST!! Totally agree-

    I've met him on several occasions, he's a really good guy and CRAZY HOT in person!! He's wicked smart and mad funny.
    If I could build the perfect man, exceptional in every way. It would be exactly JOHN MAYER

    December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shannon

    John needs to date famous woman to stay in the headlines!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. samantha

    pffft, whatever haters, i'd pounce on him and not let him up for air~~

    December 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. MM

    Hey, John – you could date someone who isn't famous, and then you wouldn't have to worry about it! I'm available if you want to give it a try!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. swannie

    Thank you SOOOOOO much, John, because frankly, it makes me throw up every time I see a new article about you or see your face on TV! I have never seen a man more obsessed with himself, never seen anyone so self-absorbed and full of himself. PLEASE drop off the planet so I can be happy never to see you "break another heart" (as I'm sure you think of it!) Take stock of your self during this break, to realize you have absolutely nothing to offer a woman. She would ALWAYS take second place to your ego!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Amanda

    You people need to chill out. Most of you are acting like he tells everybody he sees about his dating plans. Not true. If you read the article, you'll see they are talking about a TV interview. I'm sure the only reason he mentioned it, was because he was asked!! So blame CNN for posting a stupid story, if you want. But don't get pissed at John for answering a question he was asked!! I don't really care about his personal life, either. But, there are a lot of stupid people who do, which is probably why Ellen asked him the question. She knows that's what everyone wants to hear about.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tyger

    My mom was aware of who John Mayer is and asked if I had any music of his. Now let me say that my mother rarely makes nedgative or colorful comments about anyone. When I played one of his songs for her, her response was "What? And he's such a famolus musician!? He sounds like an old man who has no teeth!"

    December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. True Red Head

    John just needs a regular women and I'm here for you John if you need someone to talk to.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tyger

    I think he should date Kate Hudson'; neither of them seem to be able to exist without a relationship and they are both annoying.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ChrisG

    Hey, John make it easy on everyone and go tour Siberia for the next twenty years!

    December 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Aimee

    He was "normal" until he got caught-up with actresses with drama. Maybe he should try someone down to earth and on his page.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  24. LBW

    I like his voice and he is easy on the eyes, but he is like Paris Hilton in that he will never find anyone to love him as much as he loves himself.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. yuh

    Wow. Pretty pitiful that you would just stop like that.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Nathalie

    This joker isn't a blues musician, he's a phony and a rip off. Turn off VH1, do some research and listen to REAL blues musicians such as Robert Johnson, BB King, Muddy Waters.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Really??

    Wow... He must've seen his name on don'tdatethisguy.com.. Even non-famous jerks has better reputation than him.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Linda

    This guy has such a BIG chip on his shoulder! No loss for the dating scene!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  29. P

    Hey Steve, I second that. John Mayer – really now? You're going to "do my thing"? Looks like you have been doing "your thing" and that "thing" is being a jerk. Go on hiatus from the media so don't have to look at your ugly mug anymore. Thank you.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JT

    What's really hysterical is that anyone who writes on this forum is adding to the hype of this man. Anytime, anyone writes about him, it just showcases his enormous reach and popularity. If you all "hate" John Mayer so much, then why do you "waste your time" commenting about his personal life? Me included.....DON'T TALK about it!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Norm

    I can sympathise. I've been having the exact same problem lately. This recent bout with J-Lo isn't quite as bad as the whole Angelina spectacle, but it really does cramp your style when trying to find some private time. Should I continue to "brag" or is that enough.
    Maybe if I'm just a little more shallow, my career will pick up again. Name dropping usually is great for a nice jump start.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Homeyworld

    Big deal so has Tiger Woods.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MP

    Pretty impressive list of gals he's nailed.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Josh

    Yeah Steve, considering he has 7 grammys (maybe 8?), obviously he should take a break from music due to lack of skill. He's a great singer/songwriter and a master of guitar. I do agree that this article is dumb. I couldn't care less what he does outside of music.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sadie

    what an egotistical idiot. bore me!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Joe

    First of, yes, John Mayer is one of the most annoying celebrities out there. However, anybody who denies his musical abilities has either A) never had any sort of musical training or B) never actually listened to more than his radio friendly songs.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jo

    Yea what's up with all the hate on here? If you follow him on twitter you would find out that he is actually a pretty funny and down to earth guy.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Adam

    You guys are hilarious. If you don't give a crap about this kind of news then don't click on the link to read it. He was being interviewed when he said this, so it isn't like he just made an announcement to the world that he is taking a break from dating. He was answering an interview question. Oh, and he plays the blues, so yeah I would expect his music to sound kind of depressing. I'm pretty sure they call it the blues for a reason.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Fairfield.

    uggh I went to high School with this loser.. he should be lucky he dated at all.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mark

    LOL at Steve. John is a great musician and absolutely shreds on guitar. Can play jazz. funk, rock you name it. His music is a little commercial but I suggest you do a little more listening before you say he stinks as a musician.

    By the way I make my living playing music. What do you do?

    December 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Linda

    HEY, new song lyrics . . . "Do what you need to Do, Do what you need to do, Do what you need to do, Do what you need to do" . . .. 4,000 times

    December 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. doug

    He is a GREAT SONGWRITER and darn good guitar player
    ....he doesn't date regular girls because he LOVES the attention
    dating famous women gives him......plain and simple!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tyler

    John, just say what you need to say. Really. Just say what you need to say. Also, maybe you should just try dating girls whose name doesn't start with J. Seems like you have exhaused all that letter has to offer. Maybe start with T. Tara Reid comes immediately to mind.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Debra R

    Never heard this guy's music...however he does not appear to be the sharpest knife in the drawer....when you are famous you are surrounded by famous people....get out and mingle with the Hoi Paloi...

    December 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Santa's elf

    John – get over yourself!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Dustin

    Umm. Not sure what all the hate on here is about. The guy answered a question in an interview. It's not as if he called a press-conference to announce this to the world.

    As for his music I can assure you that whoever is blasting him has never listened to one of his albums. The guy is a great songwriter and excellent guitarist. His stuff is a little moody, but I for one get it and enjoy it.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ouch

    For what it's worth, I met him once through a close friend of his. A very nice and straightforward guy. He came up to me, said "Hi, I'm John", and shook my hand. No airs, no holier-than-thou. And he is a true friend to this person I know, a loyal one, and I know that for a fact. Maybe has hasn't handled the media properly at times, but I believe he is a sincere person.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Deborah

    What a hypocrite! According to his former girlfriends he craves the fame and even notified the media of places they could be sure to find them. His behavior at concerts is well documented, taking any willing woman backstage for sex. He's disgusting and I can't believe famous, desirable actors would want to be seen with him, much less date him!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  49. valentino

    Poor John – its so hard being you. I read that you are taking a break from dating and I just felt sooo sorry that you have to go through such a rough patch in your life. Some people do not have a roof over their head, or a job, or food but when I read your stories in the tabloids my heart goes out to you and I want to set up a place for drop of donations. Do something meaningful in your life and maybe people will actually care about you.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Art

    Simply his politically correct way of supporting Tiger. He starts dating again when Tiger finalizes his divorce.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ricky

    It's too bad that an obviously talented person can be soooo superficial and out-of-control egomaniacal–soooo unoriginal he is. On the bright side, maybe he'll take the time to develop an original style and sound instead of being a mere imitator of every blues-rock guitarist before him. That's what it takes to be an artist.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Buck

    The man's an artist!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Carrie

    Oh I'm so relieved.....

    December 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Dave

    John, stop worrying about who you are dating and stop writing bad pop music because it sells records.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jeff

    Hey Steve...what is your basis for claiming that John should take a break from music?

    December 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  56. chrisirwindavis

    Like him or not, John Mayer is a dying breed – a singer-songwriter who actually plays an instrument. I like techno and hip-hop too, but I miss the days when musicians (not programmers) dominated the music charts.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jack

    From John's Twitters I think he may be ready to try something different.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. bob

    I'd say he should take a break from music, but I'm not sure he was ever really in music to begin with. Is this because of the TMZ report that he was seen getting intimate with a guy?

    December 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  59. D-Money

    Dear John,
    I'm sure the women of the world will be saddened by your absence from the dating scene. It must be so exhausting being young, single, famous, and rich. If only all these famous beautiful women could understand your plight. Because we agree with you: it's all their fault for dating you in the first place. How dare they say 'yes' when you pine after them? Don't they know how hard it is for you? They should not even consider dating someone like you – being a peer and all. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?

    Thanks for filling us in on your plans. We'll be praying for your speedy recovery. Hopefully the next megahot, über celebrity woman you date will not be such a chore. Stay positive and healthy. You're very important to all of us.

    Yours Truly,
    Fellow Douchebags of America

    December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Leslie

    Whew, I speak for plenty of women when I say that we can all rest a bit easier now. Thanks, John!

    December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jsw

    So instead of dating, he'll just continue to sleep around.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  62. BarbeeK

    This article has nothing to do with his talent – which if you actually listened to ANYTHING he has done, is refreshing compared to a lot of music being put out these days. .

    December 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  63. T

    You gentlemen have never heard John play the blues. Im not huge fan of his music for high school girls, but when that man decides to play his guitar he commands a great deal of respect from the blues/rock community.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Doug G

    Mayer is a very talented guitarist! But it's amazing how densely one dimensional or confounded artist types can be about pretty obvious common things. Hey – listen to Eddie Vedder talk rather than sing and you'll want to commit suicide.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Tom

    Date 'regular' women. It isn't rocket surgery. Why would anyone WANT to date a celebrity I wonder? Ego? And Steve, I don't own one John Mayer but he is a great guitar player.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Keith S

    It must be the slowest news day on the planet when some rich guy who craves attention gets press for telling people how miserable it is to have sex with hot women. Those troops going to Afghanistan have it so good when compared to the horrible, depressing problems Mayer has to struggle with.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jack

    Never really care for his atitude.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Interceptor

    I'm a little freaked out about the fact that John Mayer is shocked that high-maintenance divas are high-maintenance divas.

    December 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Scott

    Damn it Steve....that was my line! Serisouly...PLEASE John Mayer...your music is about as happy as suicide. In fact...If i were to commit suicide I'd have a CD of you and James Taylor singing duets while watching Jersey Shore.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. david wiest

    john makes great music AND dates hot babes, nothing wrong with that... i do the same thing

    December 15, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Louise

    I give him 18 mins before he's back in the sack with another famous hottie......

    December 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  72. scottmountain

    Whatever John you are just freaked out about whats happening to Tiger Woods. No telling how many porn stars and hookers you have saved in your cell phone. Take a break and let things blow over for awhile then get back to the hookers!

    December 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kelly

    He is only taking a break because he has already dated anyone that would actually go out with him. He is such a loser .. musically and socially.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  74. hah

    Elin Wood will proabably be free soon. She likes to stay low. You now have something in common.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Storm

    Hey John,

    You date like you play guitar. You Diddle To Much!!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  76. God I hate this guy

    His fans (aka obese soccer moms and 10 year old girls) will be thrilled to hear this earth shattering news.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Iv Madsen

    He needs to accept his life for what it is, famous or not famous, quit thinking so much and come back to earth where the air isn't so thin rarified. Artiste or not, he's still got to live amongst the rest of us.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Duh

    So don't date famous people, Einstein.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Steve

    Hey John...while you're at it take a break from music too... you don't seem to be very good at that either.

    December 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |

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