John Mayer Returns to Spotlight, Wears Awesome Hat, Waxes Poetic About Life on Ellen

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John Mayer has been out of commission lately. Not that we're complaining.

Turns out neither is he. In his first interview in over a year, the singer-songwriter told Ellen DeGeneres yesterday that his infamous Playboy and Rolling Stone interviews in 2010 made him reflect on his life and become an adult.

"I did a couple of really dumb interviews and it woke me up," he said. "I lost my head for a little while. I lost touch and I didn’t want to ask for directions."

John said he needed to act 34 "instead of 28 for the fifth year" and escape to small-town Montana where he recorded his new album, Born and Raised.

The experience of living and recording out there "rocketed" him into adulthood, with Mayer saying he needed "a few years just to figure it out."

As for Born and Raised, out next week, it's his "honest and cohesive" album yet, with John saying that leaving the spotlight after relationships with "sexual napalm" herself Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston was the best thing he ever did.

"I live in Montana, in the middle of nowhere," he said.

"It's really excellent... you get to a certain age where you prepare for happiness, but you sometimes don't remember to get happy. I remembered how to get happy."

Sounds remarkably un-douchebag-like, doesn't it? Who is this Dances With Wolves-like man and what has he done with John Mayer?

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