John Mayer: Celebs Are Their Own Biggest Stalkers

August 1, 2008 By:
John Mayer: Celebs Are Their Own Biggest Stalkers

John Mayer opens up in a new interview for, which is basically a John Mayer message board. He discusses things like how he has to be careful of what he says now that he's famous, and how celebs are obsessed with themselves. Here are some snippets from the interview. For the entire thing, click HERE.

Q:Now that you're in a position where almost every one of your moves/actions/words are put under a microscope, do you find you have to be careful with what you say while still having fun and enjoying yourself?

JM: Absolutely. You can't censor your thoughts, but you can censor your words. There's a way to express your thoughts and stay yourself. It's not easy on your girlfriend when you go on Z100 and say, "Yes, I've hooked up with fans before." Not fun. It wasn't even so much that, but then it ends up in People Magazine and it's taken completely out of context. I could've made this young girl feel stupid and said something ridiculous or I could've said, "I never have." Then everyone I had hooked up with would've said, "What a liar!" and tabloids would've dished out a whole bunch of money to pay people to say "Yes, he did!" By the way, why would someone ask me that question?

It does have an effect on your personal life; if you say something or want to make a joke about somebody or you're just joking, it explodes. It's a matter of staying honest gracefully. I'm an honest person; I represent more than just myself. I represent my family, the people I love, my fans.

There are some times when a direct question gets a direct answer because I have this huge streak in my brain where I will not let people get the best of me. If you try to back me into a corner, I won't let it happen and I'm going to make you feel stupid for asking the question by answering it completely faithfully. But I did sleep with that fan right after the Z100 thing. (laughs) And you can print that, too!

Q:If you think back a few decades, there were artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder. Back then, as now, they were artists that were universally loved and respected. Why do you think there's such a great divide in the current era of music between what's considered great music and what isn't?

JM: I think everybody wants to have a constant stream of communication from consumer to artist, artist to consumer and consumer to consumer. It is an absolute web of communication. That's how people really want it and that's how they want to be entertained-with their hand on a buzzer saying, "I like it" or "I don't like it." That's why there's so much delineation between the two. It's Douchebag versus He's cool.

In the days of The Beatles, I don't think there was that much advantage taken of a consumer. Now, consumers get taken advantage of so much that they have to become defensive. It's harder than ever to get an idea in somebody's head without them going, "Oh, you're just making that up." I think partly that's the way they want it and partly, that's the way they need it to be because there are so many people waiting to take advantage of you that you have to be ready to call bullshit at any moment.

People just want to play along at home and I understand it. People want to talk back and now artists can hear it, and maybe people were always talking shit.

I'm going to give you the scoop and I'm going to let people quote your interview. Celebrities read everything. They are their own biggest stalkers; they know every single gossip site, and every single post as it goes up. They act like they don't-but they all do. Celebrities, by that estimation . . . do terrible research because all they ever do is read that without anything else to give them perspective. They're such bad researchers and their science is such shit that they sit in front of a computer for one hour every morning and read one control group. If it were a scientific experiment, it would be the equivalent of only researching what this pill does to pregnant women. There are people walking around all day having only informed themselves by reading blogs that begin with, "Bitch probably." If you're reading a blog that says, "Bitch probably uses a rake as a comb," you're probably on that blog. There's so much other information out there to be had. Read some fan mail; read about the people who said they were sick for half of last year and your music got them through it. We are terrible at not reading all the data, so that's how I feel.