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John Mayer, Katy Perry go public 'for the music'


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John Mayer, Katy Perry go public 'for the music'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

No longer haunted by the ghosts of celebrity exes, John Mayer and Katy Perry appeared for their first television interview as a couple this morning on "Good Morning America."

In promotion of their latest single, "Who You Love," off Mayer's top-charting sixth studio album, "Paradise Valley," Mayer and Perry sat down with George Stephanopoulos. Mayer dismissed the cliché of being a "walking target" as a cheesy couple turned duet, for the worthwhile sake of "authentic" music. "This is the first time we've put ourselves out there..." Mayer started to say, as Perry interrupted to finish his sentence, "specifically for this wonderful music video." Mayer added, "for the music."

Their "Who You Love" music video has many dewy-eyed closeups of Mayer and Perry, along with a mechanical bull in the desert. "Relationships are kind of like riding a bull," Perry explains. "You hang on for dear life, and sometimes you get a little buck here and there, and sometimes you get things thrown at you, but you get back on."

Mayer admits he's had a part of this confessional chorus in mind for years, "you love who you love," prior to a relationship with Perry. However, it was producer Don Was who suggested including Perry. "My first thought was, 'you can't do that,' and then the more I thought about just the music part of it, it made perfect sense," says Mayer.

In an exclusive with Billboard, Mayer says, "The idea of this gentle, breezy song could be described as, 'I love you,' based on the fact that I've tried to run and I'm not running and I give up. In 2013, modern-day times, that's sweet. Because there's so many other things to occupy your time, that you can do for yourself." Adds Mayer, "that to say, I tried to be alone, but I can't. This is sort of our generation."

Over the years we've seen many not-so-sweet glimpses into Mayer's not-so-private relationships. However, it looks like Perry is bringing out the musicality magic in him. As she wrote and likewise sings on the track, "it takes a little time, but you see him when he shines, 'cause you never want to let that feeling go."

Who better to help Mayer shine like a firework than Perry? 

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.