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Gossip & Rumors: John Mayer Sets The Record Straight On

GOSSIP & RUMORS: John Mayer sets the record straight on his friendship with Andy Cohen

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Looks like he’s waiting on the world to change.

Just one day after Andy Cohen’s viral interview about his friendship with John Mayer, the musician has weighed in on the discourse himself.

The “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” hitmaker, 46, has long been friends with the Bravo honcho, who is openly gay, but their friendship prompted much speculation in recent years.

John Mayer has weighed in on the speculation surrounding his friendship with Andy Cohen. Instagram/Andy Cohen

Now, the singer has chimed in to set the record straight on the nature of their friendship and slammed The Hollywood Reporter for posing the “deeply flawed” question.

Addressing the publication’s co-editor-in-chief Maer Roshan, who conducted the interview with Cohen, Mayer criticized Roshan for bringing up the question in the first place.

“I read your interview with Andy Cohen, and was intrigued by your line of questioning regarding our friendship,” the guitarist began.

“You posited that ‘your friendship with Mayer has been a subject of intense speculation. People seem dubious that a straight rock star can have a close platonic relationship with a gay TV personality.’ I think this is somewhat of a specious premise.”

“First, there is a long and storied history of “rock stars” (not mocking, just won’t refer to myself as one) befriending gay icons and artists,” he continued.

The pair have been close pals for years. Charles Sykes/Bravo

“Second, I think that to suggest that people are dubious of a friendship like mine and Andy’s is to undermine the public’s ability to accept and understand diversity in all facets of culture, be it in art or in real life.”

Mayer said he hopes the public is “sophisticated enough” to accept the fact that the pair’s friendship is strictly platonic.

“That turns the concept of being gay into an ignorantly two-dimensional one, which I know you know it’s not. I don’t question that at all,” he noted, adding that he loves “intelligent discourse.”

“But I bristle at your selectively flimsy logic meant to coax an answer, when the premise itself is so deeply flawed — and quite possibly not even quantitatively true,” he went on.

“Quite simply, if someone is dubious of a platonic relationship between a straight man and a gay man, I don’t think that shallow a view deserves clarification by anyone with self respect, be it Andy or your publication.”

“Reinforcing the idea that any gay/straight relationship needs qualification that it’s not sexual devoids everyone involved of their dignity,” the “New Light” hitmaker concluded.

Mayer said he hopes the public is “sophisticated enough” to accept the fact that the pair’s friendship is strictly platonic. Instagram/Andy Cohen

In a wide-ranging cover story with THR, Cohen, 55, was quizzed on the “intense speculation” surrounding his friendship with the 7-time Grammy winner.

“Let them speculate,” he joked.

Cohen has often faced rumors that he’s involved with Mayer. 

In 2018, Cohen denied the pair were dating after Mayer serenaded him with an acoustic version of Diana Ross‘ “It’s My House.”

The 7-time Grammy winner said speculation about the pair’s friendship “devoids everyone involved of their dignity.” Instagram/Andy Cohen

Cohen thanked him with a hug and a kiss on the lips. 

“But because we’re so affectionate toward each other, people don’t know what box to put that in. They assume we’re sleeping with each other, which we are most definitely not,” he told the outlet.



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