John Mayer talks about Taylor Swift in a surprisingly mature way

Mar 9, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. ET
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John Mayer and Taylor Swift have rehashed their beef in several songs, but the "Paper Doll" singer is now giving her props for doing something huge.

Mayer cut right to the chase when Ronan Farrow danced around the subject of their failed romance in an interview for MSNBC.

"We have to be able to talk about Taylor Swift professionally," Mayer said, then presented a totally non-sarcastic, truly nice comment about his ex: that he thinks her recent push against streaming services like Spotify, because she believes artists should be fairly compensated for their work, is "really cool."

"Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them," he said, adding that other celebs without an activist streak need to step up their game. "You can go to the Met Ball. That's great. That's a great way to use your voice is to go 'I'm wearing Valentino.' Or you can use your voice to give things."

Mayer also insists that he doesn't care that Swift is more famous than he. "Nothing bothers me anymore," he said. "There are going to be times when I make music as popular or empirically valuable as [Swift's] in terms of making pop music that won't sell as many copies and I'm fine with that. Look, if I save a baby from a burning building and Kanye [West] saves a baby from a burning building, Kanye's going to get more Google News hits. And I'm fine with it."

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Swift hasn't commented on Mayer's newfound emotional maturity yet, probably because she was too busy celebrating International Women's Day with her besties — including Selena Gomez.

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