May 16th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
If John Mayer has learned nothing else these past few years, it’s to keep quiet when he’s not singing.
The 34-year-old rocker - who admits he's suffered from a little disease affectionately known as "foot in mouth" - told Ellen DeGeneres a series of verbal blunders he made are responsible for "[rocketing him] into adulthood."
"I lost my head for a little while,” he said on Tuesday’s “Ellen” of some controversial comments he made two years ago about ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson’s moves in the bedroom, his true feelings about another ex, Jennifer Aniston, and his thoughts about black women.
"I did a couple really dumb interviews and it woke me up," he explained of that “very strange time” in his life.
Mayer's on a performing hiatus due to his recurrent throat issues, which means no singing and apparently, little talking, and he's thankful for the forced break.
"I'm glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight," he continued. "Back then I would've said, 'Let me get out and do "Ellen" and explain myself.' It was like, 'No, idiot. Go away – be 33 and 34 instead of 28 for the fourth year.' "
And it looks like the singer won’t be saying a whole lot for a while longer: he’s moved away from the big lights of Hollywood and is now chilling quietly in the Bozeman, Montana area working on his next project.
"I can't sing, so I'm writing," Mayer said explaining that his throat issues have resurfaced, forcing him to cancel a tour and schedule another surgery this fall. "I live in Montana – middle of nowhere. It's really excellent. You get to a certain age where you prepare yourself for happiness. Sometimes you never remember to actually get happy. I remembered to get happy."
Mayer’s latest album “Born and Raised,” which the musician calls "the most honest and the most cohesive," will be released on May 22.
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