John Mayer opened up about his emotional viewing experience of the Framing Britney Spears documentary and his reflection on male privilege in the industry.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter chatted on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on Monday about how he had “infinite grace” for the pop superstar, whom he said he’d never met before, after he watched the drastic effects of the misogynistic media scrutiny during her rise to fame in the 2000s and her long-running conservatorship.

“I almost cried five times during that,” Mayer revealed. “….To see the sadness in this human being… I mean, I was on the edge of tears five times, because if you understand what this business/industry/lifestyle does to a person. To go through this and come out the other side OK, is to have infinite grace for those who struggle with it.”

The documentary also provided the 43-year-old star with a different lens to observe the business of being a celebrity and his own career with, noting that being a man afforded him an easier route through the obstacle course of fame.

“I came out OK… I have a very strong feeling that part of that is because I’m a man. And I have a very strong feeling that a lot of these things that happen to female performers is endemic to being female,” Mayer continued explaining. “Why do so many men emerge going, ‘Learned my lesson. Yes I got dinked in the head, but I’m back, baby!’? So I watched it with such grace for someone who got much more maligned by the inhuman experiment of fame than I did. And I go, ‘Why did I get through that? Why did I find my way through that obstacle course? What was afforded to me stylistically?’ The stylistic difference of being an outlaw. If you’re a man, you’re an outlaw. If you’re a woman, you’re kind of crazy. And when I watched that through that lens, my heart just ached the whole time.”

Justin Timberlake also reflected on (white) male privilege in the business in his public apology to both Spears and Janet Jackson, which he penned following the online outrage toward his behavior decades ago. In the Framing Britney Spears documentary, the then-21-year-old pop star is seen acting like a cad in the wake of his and Spears’ much-publicized split, making jokes about their sex life in several interviews and casting a Brit-alike in the damning video for his breakup anthem”Cry Me a River.”

“The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way,” he wrote in his Feb. 12-dated Instagram post. “As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.”

Listen to a snippet of Mayer’s interview on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live below.

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