Has Katherine Heigl ever dated John Mayer?

Katherine Heigl and John Mayer are two big names who have made headlines with their dating lives. Mayer’s famous exes include Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston, according to the Evening Standard. Meanwhile, Heigl reportedly dated actor Joey Lawrence in the mid to late ’90s, and she was later linked to her “Roswell” co-star Jason Behr for three years, Ranker reported. But have Heigl and Mayer ever been together?

The Grey’s Anatomy star met her now-husband, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley, in 2005 when she was starring in Kelley’s “Only You” music video, according to Us Weekly. Just as Heigl met Kelley, she met Mayer. “John Mayer and I are from neighboring towns and knew some of the same people,” she explained on a 2014 episode of The Meredith Vieira Show. Heigl revealed that she used this connection to Mayer as she navigated her relationship with Kelley.

Katherine Heigl used John Mayer to encourage Josh Kelley to get involved

Katherine Heigl knows how to get what she wants in the romance department. In 2017, the Firefly Lane star attended The Late Late Show with James Corden, where she spoke to Josh Kelley about her commercial. Heigl said she met John Mayer, who she was “just friends with,” around the same time she started seeing Kelley. About a month after dating Kelley, Heigl “didn’t know if [Kelley] was just as serious [her] how [she] it was about him.” So the actor subsequently decided to lie about her relationship with Mayer and pretend they were more than friends in hopes of motivating Kelley to devote himself entirely to her.

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“I used it a bit just to make Josh a fire,” she told Corden. “It was like, ‘Hey, you know, if this isn’t exclusive and you’re dating other people, that’s fine. Then I’ll keep seeing John.” Heigl added that Kelley “didn’t quite believe it to this day [her]’ when she says she and Mayer never dated. When Heigl retold that story on The Meredith Vieira Show in 2014, she joked, “John Mayer is going to be like, ‘What?'” The performer also admitted that “completely used John to get Josh to commit .” In the end, Heigl’s strategy seemed to work well for her and Kelley’s connection.

Katherine Heigl’s strategy worked in the end

Katherine Heigl’s plan to pretend she and John Mayer were together to get Josh Kelley’s attention went exactly as she planned. Heigl and Kelley married in December 2007, two years after first meeting on the set of one of Kelley’s music videos. Earlier this year, Kelley spoke to people about making the “ultimate commitment” to her. “We are madly in love and [Heigl] makes me excited to get married and have a family and spend my life with someone,” Kelley said. “We’re quite opposites, but we also share many of the same values.”

After their wedding ceremony, the two started a family. Heigl and Kelley now have three children: two adopted daughters, Naleigh and Adalaide, and a biological son, Joshua, per Marie Claire. In August 2022, Heigl posted photos of her kids preparing for their first day of school via Instagram. “I feel weird. Like maybe I could start crying,” Heigl captioned the photos. “Or maybe I’ll just run around the house for the next seven hours screaming FREEDOM!!! We’ll see.” In March, Heigl also posted a sweet Instagram photo of herself, Kelley, and their kids as they appeared on the cover of Parenting Magazine. Congratulations to Heigl and Kelley on their family unit and 15 years of wedded bliss!

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