John Mayer Recants Playboy Interview on Twitter: Sorry I Used 'N-Word'

Music's singer regrets mouthing off in interview on Twitter.

ByABC News
February 11, 2010, 5:08 AM

Feb. 11, 2010 — -- John Mayer claims he's "quit the media game."

His recent outbursts and tweets beg to differ.

The singer reportedly broke down during a concert Wednesday, the same day Playboy magazine revealed the lewd, crude things he said about his ex-girlfriends and his penis during an interview with the magazine.

"I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done," a choked-up Mayer told the audience at Nashville, Tenn.'s Sommet Center, according to E! News. "I just want to play my guitar."

Earlier in the day, Mayer took to Twitter to apologize for using the "n-word" during his Playboy interview. (In that interview, he also likened his penis to a white supremacist, saying he doesn't think he "opens himself" to black women.)

"Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word," he wrote in the first of a series of tweets. "And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it because I realize that there's no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged."

His stream of Twitter consciousness continued: "And while I'm using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it's time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews ... I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don't have the stomach for it."

One of Mayer's followers, @adilla, responded: "Just waiting for @johncmayer to follow up his apology with an announcement that he's going to rehab. I mean, it kinda worked for Tiger, no?"

That's not what Mayer has in mind. He tweeted back: "They don't make rehab centers for being an a**hole."

While rehab may not be necessary, Mayer could certainly benefit from a filter. It seems he can't keep anything to himself. Along with dropping the n-bomb in his Playboy interview, Mayer talked extensively about his past girlfriends, namely, Jessica Simpson. Mayer, 32, compared Simpson, 29, to "crack cocaine" and the sex they had to "napalm."

It's just the latest example of the outrageous quips about women and sex that spill out of Mayer's mouth. Below, check out what else the Grammy-winning singer has divulged about sex and his exes ... and one current, ahem, love.

On Simpson:

"Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me ... Sexually it was crazy. That's all I'll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm." (Source: Playboy magazine, via

[Simpson may not mind Mayer's comments. Wednesday afternoon, she alluded to the firestorm surrounding her ex's Playboy interview, tweeting "interesting day so far...hmm," before dismissing the hullaballoo: "at least i am boxing 2-a-days this week."]