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John Mayer: 'I was just a jerk' and have changed (Poll)

02/07/2013 by Corinne Heller

John Mayer says he was a "jerk" with regard to his past relationships and that he has changed, months after he began a new romance with fellow pop star Katy Perry.

Mayer, 35, made his comments in an interview with the CBS show "Sunday Morning" that is set to air on February 10 at 9 a.m. ET. According to a network statement, he also opens up about his current relationship with Perry, 28, and his vocal cord surgery last year, which forced him to cancel a tour and take a break from music.

The singer once dated a slew of popular female celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and drew criticism for comments he made about his love life in 2010 interviews with Playboy and Rolling Stone, in which he made a sexually-explicit comment about ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson. He later apologized and stayed out of the spotlight for a while, even quitting Twitter.

"I was just a jerk," he said on "Sunday Morning. "It's very liberating when you finally realize it's impossible to make everyone like you. I wanted everybody to like me. I thought I was one shuck and jive away in every direction."

Mayer, who also reportedly dated Taylor Swift and is said to have spurred her breakup song "Dear John," had told NPR in a May 2012 interview that he made his comments to the magazines because he "didn't want to be boring."

The singer told CBS in his recent interview that he has changed his ways. The singer and Perry have been seeing each other since last summer. The two attended President Barack Obama's second inauguration together (see photos).

His first major performance in two years is also shown during the CBS program. Mayer had in January sang at a firefighters benefit concert in Bozeman, Montana, where he bought a house last year.

Watch part of his performance below.

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