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John Mayer equates dating with shame, presses on somehow

November 23, 2009 |  1:17 pm

Mayer2 Oh, the torture of being John Mayer. The thirtysomething crooner, whose able arm has carried the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz across a red carpet, spoke to the New York Times on the perils of celebrity courtship.

“It’s crazy to me that in my head, that being 32 and dating women is going to get me in trouble,” he said.

“I can’t even explain to you how terrible that feels, that I equate dating a woman with punishment, shame, guilt, disappointment, reproach, reprimand, persecution. It’s a nightmare.”

One that begets hit records and yet more A-list love interests.

Mayer has just released "Battle Studies," his fourth studio album which is heavily speculated to document his two attempts at love with Aniston -- complete with red wine and Ambien abuse, name-dropping a former superstar husband and lots of tears.

In our humble opinion, the disc is consistent with Mayer's more desirable skill set: compelling songwriting, heartthrob vocals and lots of exaggerated expressions.

He's still perfecting his other talents, however.

"They say I'm a womanizer; I say I haven't met enough women," Mayer said.

--Matt Donnelly

Photo: John Mayer flashes his "Dating-You-Is-My-Compulsion-Baby" face at NYC's Beacon Theatre in New York, November 2009. Credit: Cory Schwartz /Getty Images