John Mayer is celebrating two years of sobriety this year, and the crooner talked about his journey in an interview with Jerry Lorenzo, designer of Nike Air Fear of God collection, and Joe La Puma for Complex.
“It is the most personal thing to people,” Mayer said of alcohol consumption. “Try talking to someone else about drinking. Try talking to someone else about how you haven’t had a drink in two years and watch what happens to them. It is just so particular to your own spirit and psychology that it’s almost impossible to develop one way of explaining it to someone else. You have to fight really hard to look at it from a critical point of view because it’s constantly pushed on you. Every Friday and Saturday on social media there is enabling that is going on for drinking.”
“What if I woke up every morning on Saturday and Sunday and put my feet on the ground and I just went, ‘Not hungover!’ And put it on social media every day,” he continued. “You forget that’s an option.”
What sparked this change in lifestyle? A six-day hangover after Drake’s 30th birthday party. “That’s how big the hangover was. I looked out the window and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
He also mentioned Mac Miller, who he wished learned the same lessons before he died of an overdose on Sept. 7. “I just wish it wasn’t fatal. I just wish figuring out your life didn’t take your life away from you,” he noted.
Watch the full interview below, with the part about Mayer’s sobriety beginning at the 8-minute mark.