updated 05/20/2012 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/20/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
“I had nothing to say – I was going through a time in my life where I didn’t really want to share what was going on, but I didn’t want to be boring,” Mayer tells Guy Raz on NPR’s All Things Considered, taped Friday in Philadelphia.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘We gotta give a Rolling Stone interview I don’t want anybody at Playboy to think this is a boring interview.’ I got those lines so crossed, that what you read – among other things, obviously – is this complete miscalculation in why I was asked to do the interview.”
“I wasn’t prepared to be honest, but I knew that I had to be open,” he continues. “When you’re just open but not honest, then you start free-associating garbage. It doesn’t mean I can go back and scrub it out, but I understand it [now].”