As many people know, John Legend used to be close to rapper Kanye “Ye” West. The two often hung out together in a group with Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen and Ye’s then-wife Kim Kardashian. In 2015, E! News shared a photo of the foursome posing with Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards, and they all looked as happy as they could be. Then, in 2019, Ye and Kardashian made the guest list at Legend’s star-studded 40th birthday celebration, per People. Paparazzi captured the couple en route to Legend’s James Bond-style 40th birthday party, and of course, Kardashian shared a few pics on her Instagram story.
But Ye and Legend aren’t as linked as they used to be, and it’s all because of a strained relationship. Legend addressed his current state of affairs with Ye during an appearance on The Ax Files podcast in August (via Entertainment Weekly). At the time, Legend told listeners that he and Ye had a falling out due to their different political views. “We’re not as much friends as we used to be,” he shared. “I honestly think so because publicly we disagreed about his running for office and his support for Trump. I think it got to be too much for us to keep our friendship alive.” But in another recent interview, the “All of Me” singer clarifies what he says has been twisted.
John Legend speaks out (again).
John Legend reveals why he and Kanye “Ye” West are no longer friends. The father-of-two opened up about his relationship with the rapper in a September interview with The New Yorker. The publication asked Legend to clarify his statements about why he and Ye had a falling out after it was widely reported that they strained their friendship due to their political differences. “Yes, the way it was described was that we stopped being friends because he supported Trump, which was a mischaracterization of what I said,” he explained to the outlet. “It was sort of a Rupert Murdoch version of the story — it was all over the New York Post and Fox News.”
The legend went on to explain that the tabloids and media had twisted things. The singer said Ye was angry with Legend when Legend failed to support him during his political run. So it seems like it has nothing to do with Trump. “I don’t know what will happen in the future but he was very upset with me for not supporting him and for supporting Joe Biden,” added the “Ordinary People” singer. “It’s up to him if he gets over it.” As of this writing, Ye has not responded to Legend’s olive branch.
As fans know, Legend supported President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign and even helped welcome him into office. According to Pitchfork, he sang “Feeling Good” at President Biden’s inauguration and performed at the DNC’s virtual convention the previous year.