What do John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Russell Brand all have in common? Well for starters, they have all thrived while dealing with a tangled web of music, romance, and drama; but even though their relationships didn’t work out, each individual (and their careers) seems to be doing just fine.
Mayer has been absent from the spotlight due to throat surgery, but has come back full-force with a tour following the 2012 release of “Born and Raised.” His tour is set to continue through early October, and Mayer’s new album, “Paradise Valley,” will hit shelves on Aug. 13. On June 18, Mayer released a lyric video for the album’s first single, “Paper Doll,” which immediately created speculation that the song was a response to “Dear John” written by his former flame, Swift.
One of the lyrics in question is “Here’s a dress of gold and blue/ Sure was fun being good to you,” whereas in “Dear John,” she refers to herself as the “girl in the dress.” Another is “You’re like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they’re running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?” In “Dear John,” she talks about not being able to run away, and her single “22” was released earlier this year. He also sings, “And if those angel wings don’t fly/ Someone’s gonna paint you another sky,” which appears to be a direct reference to Swift’s “You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain” line in “Dear John.” Decide for yourself by checking out the video for the song below.
But despite the stab (or not), Swift is thriving and is currently embarking on a tour of her own to support her latest album. The Red Tour kicked off in March and will run through September in the U.S. In addition to her tour, the 23-year-old singer also just recently joined the Vine video-sharing craze, and posted about what she does when she’s not on stage singing.
Meanwhile, another former couple made headlines recently when Perry revealed that Brand ended their marriage via text message. Aside from that, things have been looking up for the popular singer, as she was named the “Sexiest Woman of 2013” by Rolling Stone, and is featured on the June issue of Vogue. Perry has been working on her fourth record, which is expected to drop sometime this year.
When he’s not starring on the silver screen, Brand has found stand-up success both in England and in the U.S., and is currently on his Messiah Complex World Tour 2013, which boasts dates across the U.S. through late September.