Ralphie Report: John Mayer’s latest work hints at longing for Katy Perry
John Mayer kicks off a world tour this week just north of NEPA in Albany, New York and is set to drop his seventh studio album, “The Search For Everything,” on April 14. But Mayer is once again in the headlines not as much for his music but rather for a former relationship with pop star Katy Perry.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise: yes, the “Love On The Weekend” singer is a notorious lady’s man and sure, he’s had a couple “foot-in-mouth” moments regarding women while speaking with the press over the years. But Mayer’s relationship with Perry, which lasted on-and-off for about a year-and-a-half, was different because it was both personal and professional.
Back in the summer of 2013, yours truly broke the news that Mayer and Perry recorded a song together. That track, “Who You Love” eventually served as a single off of the guitarist’s sixth studio album, “Paradise Valley.” Later that year, after Perry’s promotional 18-wheeler’s mishap at the Wilkes-Barre Township Wal-Mart, the songstress revealed that she worked on more than the song with Mayer.
“He played guitar actually on a couple of songs (on ‘PRISM’), which was awesome,” she revealed in the August 2013 phone interview. “He’s just been a great support, and that’s all you can ask (of your partner).”
So did the musical collaborations lead Mayer to forge deeper feelings for Perry? He certainly leaves it up for public discussion on the song, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” from “Search.”
“I still keep your shampoo in my shower, in case you wanna wash your hair,” Mayer croons on the track. “And I know that you probably found yourself someone, somewhere. But I do not really care.”
The list of people that he could be referring to is rather short: it’s pretty much exclusively Perry. This much Mayer confirmed in a recent interview with the New York Times.
“Who else would I be thinking about?” he told the Times. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”
And so as Mayer returns to the road (with an April 7 stop in Philadelphia), the iTunes chart and potentially the airwaves, he too may return to the world of celebrity. But it seems that this time, he’s more interested in hanging out by the pool rather than diving into the deep end.
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