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John Mayer Shares How He Feels About Being in Ex Jessica Simpson's Memoir

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By Brooklyn Denton

Jessica Simpson's memoir Open Book has the entertainer-turned-entrepreneur being candid as she takes us through the journey of her life, its highs and lows, as well as the love and relationships that have helped shape her over the years. While ex-husband Nick Lachey might most immediately come to mind, Simpson also had a past high-profile relationship with crooner John Mayer.

Before, we had only heard Simpson referenced by Mayer in the past by calling her "sexual napalm", but now that the shoes on the other foot, here's what Mayer is saying about Simpson's Open Book.

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While on the press run for her memoir, Simpson opened up to People just this year about her relationship with her ex Mayer. She told the mag that their relationship began effortlessly and was just what she needed following her divorce from her first husband Lachey.

What she loved most about him was how he seemed to feel about her. It could have very well been a confidence boost the 39-year-old didn't know she needed at the time. It was also be the start of a new share of issues.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey leaving a party
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Simpson revealed to the publication, "He’d walk into a room and pick up his guitar and you’d swoon. I didn’t really know the man behind the guitar. And that was my mission."

Admittedly, she felt that her and Mayer were compatible but Simpson quickly found herself going down a path of social drinking which made her more reliant on alcohol in her interactions with Mayer.

Even if she felt she was a good match for him in some ways, intellectually she felt left behind. The singer-songwriter behind such classics like "Gravity" and "Clarity" had a way with words. And she feared she just couldn't keep up without a drink or two on hand.

"I constantly worried that I wasn’t smart enough for him. He was so clever and treated conversation like a friendly competition that he had to win," she penned in her book about her self-perceived inadequacies.

Shortly after, anxiety started to get the better of Simpson's sense of self. Alcohol became her crux and her means to self-medicate. "My anxiety would spike and I would pour another drink. It was the start of me relying on alcohol to mask my nerves."

Simpson also recounted her substance abuse in her memoir and her reliance on alcohol could very well have played a part in that descension. In addition to penning recollections of her time with Lachey and Mayer, Simpson also admitted that she took part in an "emotional affair" with her Dukes of Hazzards co-star Johnny Knoxville while still married to Lachey.

"I could share the deepest authentic thoughts with him, and he didn’t roll his eyes at me. He actually liked that I was smart and embraced my vulnerabilities," Simpson wrote.

In a recent episode of the virtual edition of Andy Cohen's late night show Watch What Happens Live, Mayer made a guest appearance. The two embarked in a game of "Never Have I Ever" and Simpson and her recent quotes about Mayer got called into question.

Never one to shy away from the truth, Mayer said he'd heard "some bits". "But as Pee Wee Herman says in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure before the movie of his life is about to play out at the end, he’s not watching the movie, and the reason he’s not watching the movie, he says, ‘I don’t have to watch it, Dottie, I lived it.’ And I think that’s prescient here."

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