In the seemingly neverending soap opera of “they-broke-up-they’re-back-together-they-broke-up” celebrity dating that is/was the lives of Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer, a “source” informed Star magazine back at the end of March that the real reason that John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston were no longer a couple was because of Twitter. According to the source, John Mayer spent hours on Twitter, tweeting away, and not spending any time with his girlfriend, telling her he was busy with work. And at the end, Mayer didn’t even try to hide his obsession and let Jennifer Aniston go without a fight.
The source, who claimed to be a close friend of Aniston’s, told Star magazine that Mayer had stopped calling or returning Aniston’s e-mails. He would apologize and tell her how busy he was at work. The source said that Jennifer Aniston became incensed at the guitarist when she found hundreds of tweets on his Twitter account, messages he didn’t even bother to hide, and when confronted about all the “work” he was doing, did not even bother to defend himself. He didn’t deny his avoidance, just said OK and that he was sorry things didn’t work out.
But shortly after the break-up, John Mayer told E! Online that he wasn’t addicted to Twitter and that it was just a communication tool. “It’s inherently silly and it’s inherently dumb,” he said in March. It wasn’t the “path to spiritual enlightenment,” and “it’s one step away from sending pictures of your poop.”
With that graphic image, he continued, “I’ve always communicated at a high level as best I can whether it’s Twitter, Napster, or message boards or whatever. I don’t have a devotion to Twitter. I didn’t sell out to Twitter. You do Twitter until everybody gets off of Twitter and it’s something else you go and try out.”
In other words, John Mayer is not addicted or obsessed with Twitter. He’s addicted to communicating. Funny how he couldn’t quite communicate that to Jennifer Aniston back in the Spring.
On Halloween, John Mayer did not let being in Australia stop him from tweeting all day. At one point he wrote: “I’m in Australia on Halloween. It’s like turning out your porch light times a billion.” And added later: “To the “one piece of candy a day” people who still have Halloween treats on Thanksgiving, I just don’t understand your kind.”
Mayer, who turned 32 in October, talked to MTV News about Miley Cyrus deleting her Twitter account, which had just topped 2 million followers. He said, “I think she’s smart enough to realize there is some interference of the brain that she doesn’t want to deal with. Artists have enough to deal with. She’s a child, she’s a fantastic artist – I think there’s enough mental real estate being taken up by dealing with all of that stuff. … For whatever reason, I am old enough and smart enough to tell someone to go f— themselves if they tell me to go f— myself. I think if you’re in Miley’s situation, it might take a little too much time to play goalie for your own heart and mind. So I totally get it.”
He said that Twitter was “damaging people’s minds” and add that if Shannon Doherty had had access to Twitter in the heyday of “90210,” she would have killed herself. When asked if he’d delete his Twitter account, Mayer joked, “I would rather tell the world to eat my a–hole before I would delete my Twitter account.”
After establishing that he truly was/is a Twitter addict, the Star story has been resurrected and, according to the buzz online, John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston may actually be seeing each other again — here and there, on and off — but no one seems to know for certain. The word is that they’re still very good friends. The couple began dating around April 2008 but had had a on-and-off relationship after the first few months. Their last break-up was in March, just before the E! Online interview.
Aniston has recently been romantically linked with actor Gerald Butler, whom she is working with on the set of “The Bounty.” But that doesn’t mean a lot in Hollywood…
So how does one find out for certain if John Mayer and Jennifer Aniston are “on” again? Sign up as one of John Mayer’s followers on Twitter. He’s second only to Britney Spears in the number of followers (2.5 million), according to data from Big Champagne. If he’s as addicted to Twitter as Star‘s source says he is — and every other Hollywood gossip website and tabloid avows he is — it shouldn’t be too long before he fills in that blank in the bar under the question “What are you doing?” with the answer…