John Mayer Opens Up About Katy Perry Split: "Coupling Is a Tricky Thing"

By Alexis L. Loinaz
|  Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:34 PM EDT
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In a moment of unguarded frankness, John Mayer shares his feelings about his breakup with the "Firework" singer after the on-and-off couple decided to go their separate ways last month--their second split in less than a year.

The 35-year-old Mayer stopped by Ellen DeGeneres' show for an interview airing Tuesday, and the crooner didn't shy away when the host asked him how he was doing, post-breakup.

"I just want to say, I love you and my thoughts are with you," DeGeneres told Mayer, recalling that she last she saw him at the Grammys with Perry, when they were seated a row ahead of DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi.

"It was a very private relationship going in," Mayer explains about his romance with Perry.

"It was a private relationship during, and it's a private relationship still," he adds. "I can understand asking the question based on some previous answers I have given, but I have finally learned how to put the wall between one thing and the other."

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Mayer says he's "been much happier since then," noting, "I'm on the same journey as everyone else. Coupling is a tricky thing."

At the very least, Mayer's got his music to keep him busy these days: After being forced to go on a 10-month hiatus due to a vocal-cord ailment, the singer is now prepping for his first tour in three years, which officially kicks off on July 6 in Milwaukee.

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