Andy Cohen wants everyone to calm down about his bromance with John Mayer. On the June 22 episode of “Radio Andy,” Cohen clarified the remarks he made about being in love with his pal during an interview with Howard Stern from earlier this month. After the interview, his comments led to quite a bit of media coverage, but the “Watch What Happens Live” host thinks everyone needs to calm down.
“I was on Howard Stern last week and he asked me about my friendship with John Mayer and I said, ‘Yeah, you know,’ said kind of flippantly and offhandedly that we love each other,” Cohen said. “It became headline news and the more it became headline news, the more butthurt I got over it. You know why? Are two men not allowed to say that they’re in love? Are we all so flipped out?”
He went on to share a story about how his college roommate was the first heterosexual man to tell Cohen that he loved him. Cohen explained he was struck by how “very pure and real, but not sexual whatsoever” his friend’s declaration was. “That’s why I just think that a friendship of two guys, that doesn’t seem like headline news to me…” he continued. “At first, I thought it was kind of lazy like, ‘Oh, that’s a lazy headline.’ Yes, I offhandedly said we love each other and then the longer it went, I was like, ‘Y’all need to kind of, you know, get ahold of yourself.'”
Cohen made headlines when he told Stern on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” that he and Mayer are “in love with each other.” However, the Bravo host also clarified that there’s never been anything sexual between him and his longtime friend.
It’s unclear exactly how long Cohen and Mayer have been pals, but they were first spotted hanging out in 2012. Since then, Mayer has spoken at Cohen’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, attended his friend’s baby shower, and made multiple appearances on “Watch What Happens Live.” As for what bonded the duo, Cohen revealed in a 2022 interview with Entertainment Tonight that they’re both devoted Grateful Dead fans.
“I would say the Grateful Dead got us a lot closer, ’cause I was already a major deadhead, and he started getting into them and then imagine when your friend starts playing with your favorite band who you thought you would never see again,” he said. “And now, you can actually tour with them. So, that was a big kickstart to everything too.”