I guess its true, the loneliest people are the ones who speak the truth. JM, in all seriousness, was only trying to be clever and astute in making observations on his own public image and past. To support this, here is an excerpt from an interview with the guy who interviewed John for playboy.
If it’s OK, first let me answer a related question you didn’t ask: Mayer wasn’t “drunk” during the interview, as many people have written and presumed. Toward the end of our first interview, at his home outside L.A., we each had a “British pour,” maybe two ounces of Scotch. We met again a week later, for lunch in Brooklyn, and that’s when he discussed the idea of a “hood pass.” We weren’t drinking at lunch. He was sober.
In most cases, I didn’t have to bring up a sensitive topic because he beat me to it. He knows interviewers are going to ask these questions, so he brings them up voluntarily. It’s a candid approach. He mentioned Jennifer Aniston before I did; he mentioned Jessica Simpson before I did; he used the word “douchebag” before I did. Since childhood, he’s spent a lot of time inside his own head — that was one of the themes of our interview — and yes, it seemed as though he’d considered these matters before. Whatever I asked him, he seemed to have already asked himself. Ruth Shalit was very articulate about this when she profiled him: Ruth wrote, “Mayer takes self-awareness to new postmodern heights,” like a football player who provides “color commentary on his own career.”
Notice how I emphasize the word “excerpt”. This is because this is a snippet from a longer interview about the subject, unlike what most people have done over the weekend which is to generalize and call it verbatim.
John MAyer: The Writer Behind the Interview blah blah blah…