“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer aid in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “Because I didn’t deserve it. 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.”
“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 sings.
The song, which appeared on country-pop singer’s best-selling 2010 album Speak Now, was released shortly after Mayer went on a two-year hiatus following his controversial interviews with Rolling Stone and Playboy.
Mayer, who is promoting his new album Born and Raised, has been highly criticised for speaking too candidly about his past relationships.
In April 2010 Mayer said Jessica Simpson was “like sexual napalm” and expressed regret over losing Jennifer Aniston.
Mayer and Swift were linked together from 2009 until June 2010, after Swift split from Taylor Lautner. So, following the song’s release, in an interview, the singer mentioned that the song’s subject would be apparent.
“There are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints,” said the 22-year-old songstress. “Everyone will know, so I don’t really have to send out emails on this one.”
Meanwhile, Mayer revealed to reporters that he learned about Swift’s feelings directly from her song. “I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call,” he explained. “I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.”
He continued: “I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?” When asked about the song’s line, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with? I don’t want to go into that.”
Mayer also takes issue with “Dear John” as a musician. “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” the song-writes told the magazine.
“I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.”
However, turning back on the pair’s relationships, Swift and Mayer created “drama central” when they dined at the same restaurant on Tuesday.
According to The Independent, 22-year-old Taylor was about to be seated at the venue when she noticed John was at a table nearby – so the country singer asked to be moved to a different area.
“Taylor very visibly — in front of the entire restaurant — demanded to be moved to the other side,” a source told reporters. “The bar’s usually an oasis of calm and privacy for celebrities and power players, but this was drama central.”
Among the witnesses of the incident were Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and director Nancy Meyers.