Aug. 20, 2013— -- John Mayer, the Grammy winner who's dated the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and now Katy Perry, has an interesting take on modern-day love.
In his new duet with Perry, "Who You Love," Mayer, 35, told Billboard in an interview out this week that the song takes "an interesting bend" on the proclamation of love, especially in a day and age where the Internet has created an isolation for some.
Isolation that Mayer said he knows all too well, where most people would rather live in their own world than have someone else around. With Perry, Mayer doesn't feel this way anymore.
"I kicked around this song about you love who you love," he told Billboard. "It's also a confessional for myself. I started singing [the song], "My girl, she ain't the one I saw coming and sometimes I don't know which way to go and I tried to run before, but I'm not running anymore.""
Mayer continues, "I tried to be alone and I can't."
After the foundations of this new song sprang to life, Mayer immediately thought of Perry, 28, and a collaboration with his pop singer girlfriend.
"It's a really fun opportunity for her to write like her answer to that," he said. "So, you get these two sides to this relationship that are brutally honest."
Perry's lines mirror Mayer's sentiments that he said reflects the "I give up" attitude after he stops running from love.
"My boy, he ain't the one that I saw coming," Perry's verse says. "And some have said his heart's too hard to hold. And he takes a little time but you should see him when he shines."
Perry and Mayer dated for several months before splitting up in March, only to reunite in June.