John Legend explains relationship with Kanye West

Grammy and Oscar winner John Legend says he and Kanye West have made amends after their public falling-out however that they’re not as shut as they as soon as have been.

That’s as a result of firebrand artist, who legally modified his title to Ye, supporting former President Donald Trump after which making his personal White Home run within the 2020 election, Legend stated on CNN’s podcast “The Axe Files With David Axelrod.”

“We aren’t friends as much as we used to be because I honestly think because we publicly disagreed on his running for office and supporting Trump. I think it became too much for us to sustain our friendship honestly,” stated Legend, whose actual title is John Stephens.

“He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,” he added. “I wasn’t alone in that. But, you know, he was not happy about that. And we really haven’t been close since then.”

In the end, West, who appeared on the poll in a dozen states as an impartial after launching a last-minute marketing campaign that summer time, trailed behind President Joe Biden and Trump by tens of thousands and thousands of votes. However, in his concession, Ye introduced plans to run once more.

The celebrated EGOT artist, 43, additionally mentioned his formative relationship with West, 45, on the podcast, explaining how they got here up as friends within the music business within the early aughts. Ye was an up-and-coming hip-hop star and producer and Legend performed devices, produced and ghost-wrote songs for different artists. The 2 labored on one another’s early recordings, together with Legend’s demo-turned-debut album “Get Lifted” and Ye’s “College Dropout,” each launched in 2004.

Legend, who’s anticipating one other baby together with his spouse, TV character and mannequin Chrissy Teigen, notably carried out his hit “All of Me” at West’s 2014 marriage ceremony to actuality star Kim Kardashian. Then Legend and Ye’s public falling-out got here in 2018 as West leaked textual content messages between them highlighting their clashing political beliefs.

The “Glory” and “Higher” musician appeared to provoke the now-infamous textual content alternate, telling Ye he was weary of his Trump endorsement and what it means to followers and other people of shade. Ye posted the screenshots on-line taking the non-public dialog public and marking the demise of the friendship.

Ye has had a whirlwind yr punctuated by abrupt efficiency withdrawals (Coachella and the Grammy Awards) and has drifted out of the general public eye amid heightened issues about his psychological well being. In March, Ye was suspended from Instagram over racist remarks he made about “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah amid his personal divorce proceedings with Kardashian and her relationship with “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson. (Legend and Teigen are nonetheless shut with Kardashian.)

Axelrod additionally requested Legend what folks don’t perceive about Ye, who has more and more turn out to be an enigma.

“Well, I think people get a lot about him. I think he’s been very open with who he is and his struggles with mental health. And he’s very real, honestly,” Legend defined. “So I think there’s not a lot about him that people don’t get. Like he’s been pretty upfront with his opinions, his struggles, all the things that he’s dealing with.

“And I think what you see with him is pretty much what you get. I don’t feel like he’s a whole separate person in private than he is in public. I think you’re pretty much seeing the real Kanye publicly,” he added.

Legend nonetheless had form phrases for his buddy and stated that seeing Ye succeed within the music business a couple of yr earlier than he broke by way of too was helpful for him.

“It was almost like an apprenticeship where I got to see everything that was going to happen to me like a year in advance. And it helped me, I think, mentally prepare for it and know how to move in that world before I was the focus of attention,” he stated.