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John Mayer has dated a lot of famous women. Now a new tabloid report claims exes like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry are worried "dirt" on them will leak in the wake of the musician's home getting burglarized. Gossip Cop can explain what's going on.

"John Mayer Burglars Grab Dirt On A-List Lovers, Beauties Terrified Diaries & Pics Will Be Exposed," reads a headline in the National Enquirer. In the wake of Mayer's Beverly Hills home being targeted by thieves, the magazine contends his "A-list exes are going into panic mode, fearing their private moments with the horndog may be exposed." The outlet rattles off a list of Mayer's former love interests, including Aniston, Perry, Jessica Simpson and even Taylor Swift. It's alleged the "famous women in his little black book are now quaking in their high-heeled boots."

The publication maintains the perpetrator or perpetrators "snatched" Mayer's "laptops, old cell phones and private diaries," and they "contain photos and emails from his celebrity exes." A so-called "spy" is quoted as saying, "He's not the kind of guy who throws mementos away. He likes to keep all of his photos and love letters." This untraceable source goes on, "God knows what he might have written about them or kept from their time together. It could be seriously embarrassing for them."

"None of these women would want their innermost secrets exposed — and just the possibility of that happening must be causing a lot of worry," claims the tabloid's alleged tipster. But the phrase "must be" indicates that this "spy" is only guessing how the women are feeling, as opposed to actually knowing their real reactions. That's also the case when the supposed insider asserts that the situation "must be really tough for John." Again, that's an assumption, not a factual statement.

The magazine also tries to make the argument that the women's purported "fears" are "justified in the wake of the infamous iCould hack" that led to intimate photos of dozens of stars being leaked online. Of course, the situations aren't really comparable. The celebrity iCloud leaks were done remotely, and largely the result of phishing schemes. In Mayer's case, the outlet is alleging the unidentified culprits who entered his home made off with physical possessions related to his exes that could be publicly shared.

And at the very end of the article, the publication's "spy" undermines the whole premise of this story by commenting, "The hope is none of John's personal items were taken, but it's going to be a nervous waiting game for John and his exes until they know for sure." Wait a minute. How would Mayer not know "for sure" which "personal items" were and weren't taken from his home? The crime took place August 12. Nearly two weeks have gone by. At this point, Mayer is well aware of what's missing.

While his camp wouldn't comment on the record for privacy reasons, Gossip Cop is told on background that the claims laptops and private journals may have been taken, and that Mayer is concerned about what may leak as a result, is "B.S." Notably, when TMZ first reported the burglary at Mayer's home, it was revealed "music equipment and personal property" were stolen. And that "personal property" was said to be a portion of his pricey watch collection.

It was never reported then or since then that "laptops, old cell phones and private diaries" were taken, too. It hardly makes sense then to allege Mayer's exes are worried about what could be "exposed." What is a watch going to leak besides the time? Clearly the tabloid just wanted to turn the burglary, which has happened to numerous stars in recent years, into something scandalous involving other celebrities. But the facts don't support this narrative, nor does the speculation from the anonymous "spy." And to further underscore how flimsy this premise is, a rep for Simpson even tells Gossip Cop that she didn't even "know" about the burglary.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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