John Mayer is in hot water for a too-revealing interview in March’s Playboy magazine. The 32-year-old singer is being accused of making racist remarks (such as “My d— is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and f—–‘ David Duke c—“), and he has taken to Twitter to apologize for using the “n” word in the interview. “I am sorry that I used the word,” he tweeted. “And it’s such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there’s no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged.”

His tweets continued: “And while I’m using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it’s time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews…It started as an attempt to not let the waves of criticism get to me, but it’s gotten out of hand and I’ve created somewhat of a monster. I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don’t have the stomach for it. Again, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m equivocating: I should have never said the word and I will never say it again.”

Mayer may also have some explaining to do to certain famous ex-girlfriends. He describes Jessica Simpson as “sexual napalm” and suggests that one of the reasons it didn’t work out with Jennifer Aniston was the Internet. “One of the most significant differences between us was that I was Tweeting,” he tells Playboy. “She saw my involvement in technology as courting distraction.”