John Mayer is taking a break from dating.

The musician - who has dated a number of high profile women including singer Jessica Simpson and 'Friends' star Jennifer Aniston - said he is a little "freaked out" by the interest in who he's with, which is why he's going to give his love life a break in the new year.

He told US TV talk show host Ellen De Generes: "I'm not dating. I have sort of a funny track record, which is actually not that strange given my age. I'm a little freaked out right now about it, to be honest."

The 32-year-old star - who is as well known for his womanising ways as he is his music - said he wants to just do his own thing for the time being.

He said: "For some reason, whoever I date has been famous for a while. I can't sit here and be like, 'Oh please, let me live my life in private with this famous person who's been around for 15 years.'"

He also insisted that despite the reputation he might have, he's actually got a "good heart".

He said: "I think I may have got lost a couple of times, but so does everybody. I'm just going to hunker down. 2010 is a peaceful year for me, no matter what I do."