20 years later, John Mayer reveals inspiration for 'Your Body is a Wonderland'

We finally know who John Mayer was singing about in his Grammy-winning hit "Your Body Is A Wonderland," and it's not who we thought it was. It turns out that the person with porcelain skin, candy lips, and bubblegum tongue that was praised was his high school sweetheart.

Mayer released the song in 2001 as part of his debut studio album, Room For Squares. A year later, he dated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt for several months. Even though the math doesn't add up, some are still speculating that the ballad is about the Ghost Whisperer star. On December 21, Mayer appeared in " Call Her Dad podcast and put an end to these rumors. "No, it's one of those things where people just form an idea. It's reinforced over the years. No, when I wrote that song, I had never met a celebrity," the 45-year-old said of the misconception Shi said.

He then clarified what the song was actually about. "It was about my first girlfriend," he said, adding, "It was about feeling a little nostalgic that I think already. I was 21 when I wrote the song, and I missed being 16 ”

When host Alex Cooper asked, "Did your high school girlfriend know you wrote that article about her?" Mayer responded, "Maybe she didn't. To this day, maybe she doesn't." ” He then addressed his ex directly: “So, if you were my only high school girlfriend, this would actually be about you.”

Mayer also revealed that he has a "rule" when composing to maintain the "sacredness" of the song. “I don’t write songs about people,” he said. "So I don't like telling anyone a song is about someone because most of the time it's not about someone and it puts people off because they just imagine who I'm writing about."

Despite this "rule" not to reveal his musical inspirations, he did admit a few years ago that he drew inspiration from another ex-girlfriend, Katy Perry. In a 2017 interview with The New York Times , he confirmed that his single "Still Feel Like Your Man" was about the "Fireworks" singer. "Who else would I be thinking about?" he said of his then-ex.

Fans believe Perry may have responded to the behavior on her 2017 album Witness, pointing out that at least three potential songs have lyrics related to her former musician: "Witness," "Miss You More," and "Save As Draft". Before releasing her post-breakup songs, Perry also released songs about Mayer, including "Unconditionally" and "Roar," while the two were still dating in 2013. The two split in 2015 after three years together.

Perhaps the most controversial song thought to be about Mayer comes from another of his ex-girlfriends, pop icon Taylor Swift. In 2010, Swift released "Dear John," and fans immediately connected the song to the "Gravity" singer. First, his name appears in the title. Lyrics about her age are also a big giveaway: "When I love you so much, don't you think 19 is too young to play your dark and twisted game?" Swift said when Mayer was 19 She dated Mayer, who was 13 years her senior. Mayer responded to the song in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone , saying it "really humiliated" him and made him "feel bad."

In October 2022, Swift released her tenth studio album "Midnights " Savvy Swift figured there was another track dedicated to Mayer. About Mayer. In "Would've, Could've, Should've," Swift once again brought up the time she dated Mayer. The lyrics go like this: "I'll get down on my knees and I'll never dance with the devil at 19." Mayer has yet to respond to the song.