Blues singer says Swift’s stance is “a really cool thing to do”

John Mayer has praised his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift for refusing to allow her music to be streamed on Spotify.

Mayer has previously been critical of Swift following the couple’s separation in 2009.

But the singer told MSNBC: “Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them. It’s a really cool thing for a musician to do. Like, 2% of the music industry has 80% of the media about it. If any of the four people who get all the press say ‘I want to speak for those people who would never make this a story’, that’s cool. The only reason we’re talking about Taylor Swift taking on Spotify is precisely because she’s Taylor Swift.”

In 2010, Swift released the song Dear John about the couple’s break-up. Mayer has refused to confirm whether his 2013 song Paper Doll is about Swift. He told MSNBC: “I’m not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I’ve never said anything about it. She’s an artist and I’m an artist. Everybody stop. Nobody’s got incurable cancer. We’re rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let’s just stop it.” Mayer had told Rolling Stone in 2012 that he felt “humiliated” by Dear John, calling the song “A really lousy thing for her to do.”

Mayer’s praise comes the day after New York Post claimed that Swift has had her legs insured for $40 million (£26.5 million) in case of accident in advance of her world tour starting in May.