Half of his heart still has a soft spot for Taylor Swift. John Mayer took to Twitter on Wednesday, Dec. 6, to show his support for the “Gorgeous” singer, 27, as she faces backlash for gracing the cover of Time’s annual “Person of the Year” issue. As one of 2017’s “Silence Breakers,” Taylor was given partial credit for launching the recent movement against sexual predators in the entertainment industry.
As previously reported, Taylor accused Colorado DJ David Mueller of groping her under her skirt during a 2013 meet-and-greet, for which he lost his job. In response, he sued her for millions, but the pop star filed a countersuit for a symbolic one dollar — and won. Still, many critics did not feel as though Taylor’s experience qualified her as a “Person of the Year,” and called out her general silence regarding women’s issues in the current political climate.
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However, a handful of notable names have come to Tay’s defense — including writer Jill Gutowitz. “Don’t f–king making fun of Taylor Swift & minimize her experience with harassment. I’m getting sick of the torch & pitchfork hate on her,” she wrote via Twitter on Wednesday. “You’re right, she didn’t post about #MeToo on social. Instead, she took a man to court and sued him for 1 f–king dollar to prove a point.”
Not long after Jill’s tweet gained traction online, Swifties noticed that John, 40 — who dated Taylor for several months after collaborating on their 2009 duet, “Half of My Heart” — liked it. He also liked several more tweets from Jill, defending Taylor against her army of haters.
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Despite his current support, John’s brief romance with T. Swift ended on a sour note, which she wrote about on her 2010 breakup anthem “Dear John,” from her third studio album, Speak Now. “Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong,” she sings on the track. “Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?”
Two years later, John told Rolling Stone that he was completely “humiliated” by the song. “It made me feel terrible,” he said at the time. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”