Taylor Swift fans are up in arms again and this time, it has nothing to do with Scooter Braun. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Shawn Mendes is the latest celebrity to earn the wrath of the Swifties after appearing on John Mayer’s Current Mood session over the weekend. During the bromance-heavy chat, which was live-streamed on Instagram, Mayer said that he loved Swift’s current single, Lover, which was just re-released as a duet with Mendes. Mayer went on the joke about the lyrics though, saying, “I get a little chuckle because she says, ‘We can leave the Christmas lights up ’til January,’ and I go, ‘You’re insane, everyone keeps their Christmas lights up until January!’”
Mendes smiled and laughed along as Mayer continued, mockingly bursting into song. “We can keep the Christmas lights up ’til January,” he crooned. “And then about January 5th, we’ll take the lights down. And then we’ll put ‘em in a box and we’ll label that box Christmas lights. Yeah, we’ll put ‘em in the attic til next December…” Ok, we get it, John Mayer, you think the lyrics are lame. It wasn’t exactly a heavy blow, but we’re not sure this is what Taylor had in mind when she wrote a heartfelt love song assumed to be about her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, particularly given her history with Mayer.
In the same week he releases a collab with Taylor, Shawn jumps on Instagram with John Mayer & talks about the song while failing to mention Taylor or the current situation. She’s done so much for him over the years & hasn’t spoken in support of her once. He has cancelled himself pic.twitter.com/n4GPsLRLM3
— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇 (@Swiftness13) November 18, 2019
A quick recap: Mendes is currently dating and publicly kissing Camila Cabello, who opened for Swift on her last tour. Mayer briefly dated Swift back around 2009 after the pair recorded a song together. The relationship did not end well, with Swift penning several songs about the breakup including the infamous Dear John, where she bitingly sings about being taken advantage of by a selfish, game-playing, older lover. Ouch.
The conversation on Current Mood didn’t stay on Taylor though, and got more exciting when Cabello herself crashed the chat, saying hello in the comments and writing cute messages like, “THAT’S MY BOYFRIEND, I LOVE HIM!” until the duo noticed. She was quickly added to the live stream, joking around with Mendes, who told her she looked pretty and asked what she was doing. “I’m filming a video,” she explained, going on to say it was for her upcoming single, Living Proof. After a quick Q&A with Mayer and some flirting between the couple, Cabello cheerfully signed off.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) November 15, 2019
While the affectionate Shawmila pop-ip was cute, it didn’t distract Swift fans from the Lover diss, and they were quick to jump on both Mayer and Mendes. Not only were fans upset that Mayer teased Swift, they were disappointed that Mendes went on the show and sat back as Mayer went on about the lyrics and didn’t respond to a flurry of questions about whether or not both men support Taylor’s current crusade with her back catalogue rights.
Neither Taylor nor Shawn and John have commented on the online reaction to Current Mood.