Britney’s rise to pop superstar, her infamous 2008 breakdown, and subsequent preservation were all documented in the recently released New York Times film, Framing Britney Spears.
While pondering the programming on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on Monday, Mayer admitted that he got emotional as he looked back on Britney’s journey.
“I cried almost five times while doing it,” he sighed. “To see the sadness in this person, I mean almost, I mean the end, I mean, I was on the verge of tears five times because if you understand what this business, the slash industry, the slash lifestyle is with one Person makes. Going through this and coming out on the other side means having infinite grace for those who struggle with it. “
John went on to say that he doesn’t think he would have done so well in the music industry if he had been a woman.
“I got out well … I have a strong feeling that part of it is that I’m a man,” he mused. “And I have a strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female performers are endemic to being female. Why are so many men showing up? “I’ve learned my lesson. Yeah, I popped my head but I’m back baby ‘So I saw it with such grace for someone who, through the inhuman experiment of fame, became much more vicious than me. And I go: ‘Why did I get through this? Why did I find my way through this obstacle course? What was offered to me stylistically? ‘
“The stylistic difference of being an outlaw. If you are a man, you are an outlaw. When you are a woman you are kind of crazy. And when I saw that through that lens, my heart ached all the time. “