Jason Mraz: Men ‘don’t understand your addiction to celebrity gossip’

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We don’t hear a lot about singer Jason Mraz, whose catchy upbeat single “I’m Yours” has reached quadruple platinum status and is the fourth most downloaded (paid-for) song of all time. Mraz leads a low-key lifestyle out of the spotlight, and as MSat pointed out in the only other story we’ve run on the guy, he could easily change that. He’s a superstar and could be hitting the Hollywood hotspots, dating famous women, and hamming it up for the cameras like John Mayer. That’s not what he’s about, though, and he’s happy to live a normal life that isn’t documented by the tabloid press.

In the June issue of Cosmopolitan, Mraz, 31, gives some advice to women who are hoping to have a chance with him. Whatever you do, don’t talk about celebrity gossip on the first date. While reading Mraz’s contribution for “10 Things Guys Wish You Knew,” below, I was listening to this excellent acoustic live version of “I’m Yours”. I was thinking about what he wrote while hearing him sing and I have to admit my stomach fluttered a little. There’s something about this normal attractive guy with big talent who finds down to earth women sexy:

1. You look sexy when you’re puffy from lying on the pillow all night.

2. We don’t understand your addiction to celebrity gossip. Whatever you do, don’t talk about it on a date.

3. Guys get a monthly type of PMS too. We get moody and need our space.

4. It’s the hottest thing when you say, “Are you going to kiss me now?”

5. We read and reread your texts and e-mails.

6. It’s annoying when a girl continues to ask, “What’s really on your mind?” Eventually, the answer is going to be “You asking stupid questions is what’s on my mind.”

7. A lot of us are insecure about our bodies. Women look like beautiful, soft, gorgeous angels when they’re naked. We look like hairy ogres or little scrawny trolls.

8. It’s cool when a girl isn’t weird about food. I love a woman who will eat something slimy.

9. Never tell a guy he’s just like your father. It creeps us out.

10. Put on a men’s dress shirt and nothing else. We’ll be able to unbutton it no problem, and it shows off your legs in a wonderful way.

[From Cosmopolitan, print edition, July, 2009]

Mraz has given us some tried and true advice about men that is also mirrored by the experts: don’t ask “What are you thinking?” and don’t bug guys when they’re in their “caves” – give them space and they’ll come back to you.

Talking about celebrity gossip on a date is probably akin to a guy blathering on about sports. It’s something that a date might have little interest in or knowledge of, and you want to keep the conversion on topics to which you both can relate. I can’t tell you how much baseball talk I’ve endured with various boyfriends, and it seems only fair that they should have to listen to some gossip, though. All of that should come after the relationship is established and the flush of love is still high, when the guy will sit through chick flicks and listen to you talk about Brad and Angelina, a goofy grin on his face as he stares into your eyes. I can see Mraz as the type who will put up with celebrity talk once he’s totally taken with a woman. She just needs to hide it from him during that critical “get to know you” period.

Jason Mraz is shown on 5/20/09 at the American Idol finale. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. ash says:

    @ number 10 – why can’t we just wear your fedora?

  2. manda says:

    “hold on” by en vogue! it’s the greatest advice! When I was tempted to call my now-fiance and go a little cuckoo (when we were first dating), I would listen to this song. Check it out!!

  3. nick says:

    Never heard of this guy before. Listened to the link and I am in love….. His voice is beautiful!

  4. BellaLuna says:

    I have been in love with him forever. You should check out his website jasonmraz.com. He keeps a journal while on the road and it has brought me to tears at times. He is a real man, sensitive and sexy.

  5. Katt says:

    Oh Jason…it’s been years, why haven’t you found me yet!? D:

  6. nony says:

    He is a beautiful and intelligent, not to mention, massively talented, human being. Any guy who can successfully use ‘lacubrious’ as a song lyric, can take me anywhere he sees fit.

    Any time I feel blech, I just listen to ‘Too Much Food’, man, if that doesn’t make you dance, nothing will.

  7. the original kate says:

    “It’s cool when a girl isn’t weird about food. I love a woman who will eat something slimy.”

    i’ll sure you do, jason. i’m sure you do.

  8. ! says:

    Oh screw this guy, he’s just a low rent John Mayer. If he’s so great then how come his songs are written by like ten people?

    And as for “We don’t understand your addiction to celebrity gossip.”, wow, stereotypes much? Apparently, gay men who like gossip and straight men who just happen to like celeb gossip don’t exist. I better forward that message to Entertainment Lawyer, Michael K, Perez Hilton, Trent from PITNB, etc etc etc…

  9. BellaLuna says:

    Mayer is such a douchebag. AND his music totally sucks. Im so tired of people comparing the two when they are like apples and oranges. By the way, if someone writes one word of your song you should mention them in the credits. Guess John Mayer gets ALL the credit for his terrible terrible songs, good for him. Obviously some people dont know what they are talking about.

  10. Kevin says:

    Woah,,,Bella. I will agree with you that as a person John is a total douchewad and you are entitled to your own opinion about his work. However, as a 20 year student of the guitar i will have to tell you that John is an awesome guitarist,,AWESOME!! Look on you tube and see how many other excellent guitarists have allowed him to jam with them.
    Now on to Jason. I think he has some very snappy tunes and he is a “very good” guitarist, obviously since he’s making a very good living at it. However, he doesn’t speak for all men about not liking celebrity talk,,I personally enjoy it a lot. His list isn’t too bad though. His hat says “Heya you there, donta pet my organ monkey OK?!” to me.

  11. Katt says:

    Personally, the guitar on Jason Mraz’s album doesn’t amaze me, but it IS very good and I love the fact that he doesn’t rely on the basic guitar for most of his songs and the fact that his album really doesn’t stick to one Genre. Because, for example, Butterfly is different from, say, Bella Luna. For me, what sets Jason apart from the crowd is that he is an AMAZING lyrisist (i’m hoping that’s a word and if it is i’m hoping I wrote it right). I would certainly take Jason over John anyday of the week. But each to their own, you know? [/rant off] :P

  12. Christina X says:

    Yeah, well I don’t get men’s addiction to porn.

    This guy seems like a cow, as though he’s trying to cross everyone as unconventional and “deep” and just sounding more ignorant as ever.

  13. Lisa says:

    the original kate: you beat me to it.

  14. jayem says:

    That acoustic version IS lovely…

  15. BrandyJ says:

    “I think he has some very snappy tunes”

    You mean one snappy tune, right?

  16. Jasonnloverrr says:

    i absolutuly love his music. i think its fun and upbeat and just makes you feel good when you listen to it. and i think his top ten stuff is pretty normal. he seems like a normal guy, which makes me love him even more.

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  18. Peter says:

    Douchebag gives advice to get laid. Stupid chicks fall in love with douchebag. Other douchebags see how to make girls with low self-esteem fall at their feet and do the same. Douchebags treat these girls like douchebags. Girls think all guys are douchebags. And it’s sad.