John Mayer leaves art opening to avoid meeting up with Jessica Simpson


John Mayer has publicly defended ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson on at least one occasion. But if you think that means he and Jess are on good terms, you’d be wrong. John – being the always courageous man that he is – bolted from an art show after getting word that Jessica would be making an appearance. It sounds like he’s pretty afraid of her, even though she generally strikes me as harmless – so long as there are no microphones around.

John Mayer wants to avoid ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson at all costs. Jennifer Aniston’s main squeeze showed up at Gallery1988 in L.A. to support pal Pete Wentz’s art effort “Without You I’m Just Me,” but ditched out early upon hearing Jess would be making an appearance.

“John showed up early for the public viewing and took pictures with fans, but left before the VIP portion of the evening started,” an insider tells us. “He wanted to be there for Pete, but wanted more to avoid the possibility of a dramatic encounter with Jess.”

[From Gatecrasher]

I didn’t realize Jessica Simpson was the dramatic encounter sort. She always struck me more as the crying in the bathroom type. Really, if John Mayer acted that way around every woman he’s ever dated, he could never leave the house. He either needs to stop man whoring around or at least man up enough to be in the same building as an ex.

In sort of related Mayer news, he and Jennifer Aniston are in Los Cabos right now – though technically not together. Jennifer is staying at the same resort as Courteney Cox and David Arquette, while John is at a neighboring place with his two brothers. Nothing says romance like a whole hotel between two lovers.

Here’s John Mayer at LAX airport with his brothers Carl and Ben on December 26th. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.

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  1. Jess says:

    I honestly don’t blame him for leaving, whatever the reason. It’s quite possible he just didn’t care to hear how much she and Tony are in love, blah, blah, blah. She’s just annoying as f**k.

  2. geronimo says:

    Wonder what he thought was likely to happen? That Jessica would be so overwhelmed by him that she’d, I don’t know, faint, or drag him to the floor, crying hysterically? He does come across as having a bit of an over-inflated ego.

    Or, maybe he was under strict orders to stay away from his exes….*wink* !

  3. Persistent Cat says:

    Who looks forward to seeing their ex? We’ve all slipped out in order to avoid seeing them, regardless of what their reaction might be. This is nothing to judge someone over. Or to call him “afraid.” I’m no huge fan but really? This is something we’ve ALL done.

  4. Madison says:

    i bet anniston told him to leave, i think she wears the pants in that relationship. he has defended simpson in a way that most ex boyfriends don’t so there could be some jealousy there on anniston’s part. (she is like 10 years older)

  5. Smart man! J-Aniston would whoop his booty!

  6. Mr. T says:

    Must be a tough life.

  7. lene says:

    i avoid partys where my exes are. when i quit a relationship…or a guy dumped me…some guys you don’t want to see because it hurts you…or you avoid because it might hurt them…that’s what it is.

  8. Codzilla says:

    I avoid parties, in general.

  9. kate says:

    “pete wentz’s art effort”…that may be the funniest phrase of 2008.

  10. california angel says:

    Of course he ran, people are most afraid of the traits in others that remind them of their own flaws. I.e. stupidity, fame-whore-ness, and general douche-bag-gery.

  11. meow mix says:

    I agree Kate.

    Are we sure he wasn’t using Jessica as an excuse to get the hell out of there??
    I know I’ve used some interesting excuses to get out of bad shows.

  12. t says:

    Maybe he was afraid that if she saw him, she would decide that he was the one that “abused her in a way” or she would call People Magazine for a cover declaring(again) that he is the love of her life.

  13. journey says:

    maybe he was scared the boyfriend football player would be with her and kick his butt.

  14. Bodhi says:

    Why would he be surprised that she would be there? Her sister is married to the guy who’s show it was. If he didn’t want to run into her then he shouldn’t have gone. Douche bag

  15. carey says:

    Ohhh…Harsh everyone!

    Maybe he just didn’t want the headline today to read, “Simpson/Meyer reunite for steamy evening at brother in laws art show.” and have the whole world commenting….oh wait! we still are!!

  16. PJ says:

    Exactly! The papparazzi would have gone nuts photographing them together, and the tabloids would have a field day making up stories about them. So the best strategy was to exit and not let it happen.

  17. Zoe says:

    She looks preggers, or maybe just gained a little?…

  18. Granger says:

    Something tells me John Mayer wouldn’t at ALL mind the papparazzi going nuts photographing him standing near/beside Jessica Simpson. That guy will do anything for publicity. Which is why I’m holding to the theory that Jennifer is the reason he didn’t stick around. She definitely wears the pants!

  19. In Mayer’s defense; I think the general consensus is that most people can’t stand to be in the same room as Jessica Simpson – just look at her ticket sales.

  20. Aspen says:

    After all the other things this couple has said in articles or spouted to the crowd of camera-holding mouth-foamers…I gather the impression that Jennifer Aniston would beat his ass and withhold sex for a month if he attended the same party as Jessica Simpson.

    And who can blame her, really? She’s dating a manslut. I’d be worried about him leaving the HOUSE…much less schmoozing with exes.

  21. Becky Boo says:

    I am not surprised. I would leave too! Jessica Simpson is SOOOO annoying!!! Who knows what kind of drama she would have started had their paths crossed. The girl seriously needs to just GO AWAY!!!!!