Yesterday was Taylor Swift’s 27th birthday, and it seems like only yesterday that the country singer-turned-pop princess was singing about bleachers and sneakers and sporting an iconic, curly mane of hair. However, while many felt compelled to send their best wishes to Swift on Dec. 13, ex-boyfriend John Mayer had a slightly different message.
Mayer sent out a cryptic tweet at 10:45 PM which seemingly threw shade at Swift, remarking that “Tuesday, December 13 may be the lamest day of the year, conceptually.”
The tweet was promptly deleted, because Mayer apparently forgot that everything on the internet lives forever.
Though the tweet didn’t mention Taylor specifically, it was certainly a weird thing to tweet about an otherwise innocuous date. What else could Mayer have been alluding to, exactly? Unless he was exceptionally upset about the death of Growing Pains actor Alan Thicke (which, admittedly, would have been understandable), the remark seemed like a classless move from someone who, let’s be honest, isn’t known for treating women with immense amounts of respect.
Mayer followed up by tweeting (and then deleting) a tweet which stated “NOPE. No. Nuh-uh. People I am 39. I am deleting those tweets. Come right at me for doing so. Absolutely no shade. ❤️”
Which is all well and good, but 1.) why delete the tweet apologizing for inadvertently throwing shade, and 2.) why follow up by sharing a screenshot of said deleted tweet? And what does being 39 years old have to do with anything?
Naturally, some people were confused by Mayer’s response, particularly when he failed to clarify the meaning of his original tweet.
Clearly, everyone is probably overthinking this debacle, and it’s probable that Mayer didn’t mean to diss Taylor at all. (Even though he has stated on the record that Swift “humiliated” him with her 2010 song “Dear John,” and that he felt the song was an example of “cheap songwriting.”)
Regardless of his intent, I’m sure the whole incident at least gave Mayer an ego-boost by tossing his name into the news cycle again.