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Wherein Jessica Simpson Gets a New Nickname Courtesy John Mayer

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John Mayer clearly had too much Lagavulin whilst talking to Playboy; hence, the daylong deluge of news stories about his interview with the magazine, which appears in the March issue and is now available online. While the media wrings its hands over Mayer's more racially charged comments, we will instead drill down into his assessment of former girlfriend Jessica Simpson.

PLAYBOY: In 2006 you began dating Jessica Simpson, and the paparazzi started stalking you, turning you into a tabloid fixture. Certainly you knew that was going to happen.

MAYER: It wasn't as direct as me saying "I now make the choice to bring the paparazzi into my life." I really said, "I now make the choice to sleep with Jessica Simpson." That was stronger than my desire to stay out of the paparazzi's eye. That girl, for me, is a drug. And drugs aren't good for you if you do lots of them. Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me.

PLAYBOY: You were addicted to Jessica Simpson?

MAYER: Sexually it was crazy. That's all I'll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm.

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