Andy Cohen wants everyone to calm down about his bromance with John Mayer. On the June 22 episode of “Radio Andy,” Cohen clarified comments he made about having a crush on his friend during an interview with Howard Stern earlier this month. After the interview, his comments generated quite a bit of media coverage, but the “Watch What Happens Live” host thinks everyone needs to calm down.
“I was at Howard Stern last week and he asked me about my friendship with John Mayer and I said, ‘Yeah, you know,’ I said lightly and nonchalantly that we love each other,” Cohen said. “It became front page news, and the more it became front page news, the more it hurt. Do you know why? Two men aren’t allowed to say they’re in love? Are we all that freaked out?”
He then shared a story about how his college roommate was the first straight man to tell Cohen that he loved him. Cohen explained that he was struck by how “very pure and real, but not at all sexual” his friend’s statement was. “That’s why I think a two-boy friendship, that doesn’t sound like front-page news to me…” he continued. “At first, I thought it was kind of lame like, ‘Oh, that’s a lame headline.’ Yeah, I nonchalantly said that we love each other and then, the more it went on, I was like, ‘You all need to, you know, control yourselves.'”
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 presenter also clarified that there has never been anything sexual between him and his lifelong friend.
It’s unclear exactly how long Cohen and Mayer have been friends, but they were first spotted dating in 2012. Since then, Mayer has spoken at Cohen’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, attended his friend’s baby shower, and he made multiple appearances on “Watch What Happens Live”. As for what brought the duo together, Cohen revealed in a 2022 interview with Entertainment Tonight that they are both devoted fans of the Grateful Dead.
“I would say the Grateful Dead brought us a lot closer, because I was already a big deadhead, and he started getting into them and then imagine when your friend starts playing with your favorite band that you thought you’d never see again.” he said. “And now, you can tour with them. So, that was also a big boost for everything.”