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NEW YORK - John Mayer loves to call himself a jerk.

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the singer looks back (not so proudly) on his past Hollywood loves and moments, including when he referred to Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm' in an interview.

"I was just a jerk," Mayer, 35, tells host Anthony Mason.

The blues rocker notes that he has changed since the days of his past interviews. Although we can still remember when he played the regret card in a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, saying of then-ex Jennifer Aniston: "I'm the (jerk). I burned the American flag. I basically murdered an ideal."

He also has been linked with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Minka Kelly and Taylor Swift. Most recently, he has been dating Katy Perry.

But now, on Sunday Morning, he says he has become enlightened: "It's very liberating when you finally realize it's impossible to make everyone like you. I wanted everybody to like me. I thought I was one shuck and jive away in every direction."

The Grammy winner, who has spent much of the last year silenced by vocal cord surgery, confesses that getting over the negative reaction resulting from his media interviews was a lot harder than dealing with the granuloma that sidelined his singing.