On Oct. 2, Mayer made a guest appearance on the Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen After Show. Mayer was asked to share his least favorite album, to which he replied with Paradise Valley. He then quickly noted that he liked some of the tracks on the album, but he did not spend all that much time on it like his other, more impressive works.
Mayer then shared that at the time there were more important things going on in his life. Afterwards, Andy Cohen applauded “Who You Love” featuring Katy Perry. After Cohen’s comment, Mayer seemed to light up at the mentioning of the duet:
“Isn’t that great?” Mayer replied. “I’m glad we did that.”
Mayer then went on to say:
“It was just at the point where I was saying, ‘Why can’t I make music from a different era? If I love a style of music and I want to make it, like a genre, why can’t I make music that I was pretending was from a different era?” Mayer then added, “And that was sort of like a prototype to Sob Rock. It was sort of like an FM lite radio thing, and Sob Rock is a little more realized.”
To be perfectly clear, John Mayer had nothing but positive sentiments for Katy and the track they made together.
He went on to say, “But I listen to that every once in a while, and I go, ‘I like that song.’ And I like the way that she sounds on the song. She’s got that way of singing down and met the challenge of that song. It was so much fun.”
It was in 2012 when the rumors started to surface about Mayer and Perry seeing each other. Perry’s divorce from Russel Brand was still fresh at the time. The two songwriters were in an on and off again relationship until they permanently parted ways in 2015.
In 2017, Mayer admitted that his track, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” was actually a song expressing his feelings for Perry. However, Perry has since moved on and shares a three-year-old daughter with her fiancé, Orlando Bloom.
“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.”
Whenever we remember Mayer and Perry’s feelings back then, this duet still gets us swaying!