RYAN McLENDON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — John Mayer is once again making news with his mouth, not his music.

The Grammy-winner gave an interview to the March edition of Playboy, and in it, he calls former girlfriend Jessica Simpson “sexual napalm” and says Jennifer Aniston is a technophobe who wishes she could go back to her successful prime — which he figures was 12 years ago.

“The brunt of her success came before TMZ and Twitter. I think she’s still hoping it goes back to 1998. She saw my involvement in technology as courting distraction. And I always said, ‘These are the new rules,’” he said.

Mayer spent a good part of the interview talking about how much he still loves Aniston, whom he dated off and on for about two years before they broke up for good last year.

“I’m very protective of Jen,” he says.

“Have you ever loved somebody, loved her completely, but had to end the relationship for life reasons?”

Yet he also doles out what appear to be digs at Aniston, including stressing their age difference (she recently turned 41).

“I’ll always be sorry that it didn’t last. In some ways I wish I could be with her. But I can’t change the fact that I need to be 32,” he said.

Mayer was less protective of Simpson, whom he dated before Aniston, describing her as “sexual napalm.”

“That girl, for me, is a drug … That girl is like crack cocaine to me.”

In the interview, he also tosses out the N-word and has a curious explanation for not dating black women — comparing his genitals to “a white supremacist.”

But he also says that black people love him, and tries to sum up what it means to be black: “It’s making the most of your life, not taking a single moment for granted. Taking something that’s seen as a struggle and making it work for you, or you’ll die inside. Not to say that my struggle is like the collective struggle of black America. But maybe my struggle is similar to one black dude’s.”

Mayer — known for his loose tongue — is starting to make a habit out of inflammatory comments. Last month, he gave an interview with Rolling Stone where he talked openly about his love life, including sex with other women — and himself.

Mayer’s most recent comments have been roundly criticized in the blogosphere. Meanwhile, Mayer has been conspicuously silent on his usually active Twitter page.

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