John Mayer, sporting long hair and a big hat, chats with Ellen DeGeneres on her show today, explaining why he took a break for the last two years.
"I just sort of lost my head for a little while," he says. "I did some kind of dumb interviews and that woke me up."
Was he referring to his 2010 Playboy interview (in which he used the n-word)?
Replies Mayer, "Oh yeah, I don't even remember having a Rolling Stone cover. It was a very strange time and it sort of rocketed me into adulthood. It was a violent crash into being an adult. For a couple of years it was just figuring it all out and I'm glad I actually stayed out of the spotlight. Because I think back then I would of said, give me two weeks or like let me get out and do Ellen and let me explain myself. It was like, 'No, idiot.' Go away be 33 and 34 instead of 28 for the fourth year."
He moved to Montana, which is where he's living now as he continues to recover from vocal surgery.
"I can't sing, so I'm writing," he tells Ellen, explaining, "It's a thing in my throat. It's not a health concern whatsoever, but it has taken me out of singing. Tried to beat it the first time and couldn't. What they actually do is they cut this thing out of your throat and then they inject your vocal cords with Botox which freezes your vocal cords so that this thing can heal without smacking up against the other side. I just need more Botox next time. So I got to do it all over again get more Botox which kind of paralyzes for vocal cord for longer. I'm very happy to be a writer, really lucky to be a writer."