John Mayer is excited for Britney Spears. The GRAMMY-winning artist joined SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live host and friend Andy Cohen on his radio show Monday morning, where he appeared as the surprise co-host, taking calls from SiriusXM subscribers.
The couple also touched on Mayer’s personal life and the latest in entertainment news, including the Framing Britney Spears documentary film.
Mayer revealed that he “almost cried 5 times” while watching the eye-opening documentary, empathizing with what fame does to a person.
“I almost cried five times during that,” the singer revealed. “To see the sadness in this human being, 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 does to him to a person. to go through this and come out the other side OK, is to have infinite grace for those who struggle with it. “
Mayer attributed his ability to navigate the industry mostly unscathed to being a man.
“I went well … I have a very strong feeling that part of that is because I am a man. And I have a very strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female artists are endemic to being a woman.” Why do so many men come up saying, ‘I learned my lesson. Yeah I sank on my head, but I’m back baby ‘? So I looked at it with such grace for someone who was much more maligned for the inhuman experiment of fame than I did. And I said, ‘Why did I go through that? Why did I find my way through that obstacle course? What was given me stylistically ‘? The stylistic difference of being an outlaw. If you are a man, you are an outlaw. If you are a woman, you are a little crazy. And when I saw that through that lens, my heart just hurt all the time. “
Mayer isn’t the only celebrity to have had a strong reaction to the Times documentary film. Cohen tweeted in support of the pop star shortly after the documentary aired.
“🌞 Good morning! 🌞 Have a great day! Y: #FreeBritney,” Cohen wrote.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Khloe Kardashian, and Valerie Bertinelli also expressed their dislike of Spears’s treatment over the years.
“#FramingBritneySpears is a punch. So many horrible men / leeches in her life,” Bertinelli wrote along with a full list of all the men she refers to.
The documentary even prompted a public apology from Spears’ ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake.
“I deeply regret the moments in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, when I spoke out of turn or did not defend what was correct. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system who condones misogyny and racism, “said Timberlake wrote on Instagram. “I want to specifically apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both individually, because I care and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because This is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow in. “
Timberlake also pointed to the privilege given to men in the industry.
“The industry is flawed. It prepares men, especially whites, for success,” the statement continued. “It is designed this way. As a man in a privileged position, I have to speak about it. Due to my ignorance, I did not recognize it for everything that was happening in my own life, but I do not want to benefit from others being taken down again. “.
Watch the video below to see why the director of the documentary thought it was so important to tell Spears’ story.