John Legend Says He Still Loves Kanye West ‘Like a Brother’ and Would Still Hang Out With Him

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West and John Legend

Rumors of friction between singers John Legend and Kanye West could have been exaggerated. Legend nonetheless speaks extremely of West, regardless of typically public disagreements. West and Legend labored collectively from Legend’s first album Get Lifted to his 2013 album Love In the Future. They additionally toured collectively. 

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L-R: Kanye West and John Legend | Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

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Legend was a visitor on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast on July 6. When Maron requested Legend about West, Legend left the door open for his or her friendship. 

Work, not politics, separated John Legend and Kanye West

Legend and West had a public feud when West first endorsed his assist for Donald Trump. Legend publicly requested West to rethink, but in addition texted him privately. West shared these personal texts on social media. Now, Legend says it’s extra their profession paths that hold them aside. Legend recorded his first few albums on West’s GOOD Music label. 

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“It’s fine,” Legend informed Maron. “We’re not as close as we were mostly for work reasons. I’m not signed to his production company anymore and we haven’t worked on an album together since 2013. I used to tour with him. I used to be signed to his production company. We used to have all these built in reasons for us to be in the same space. Now he’s in Wyoming.”

The Legends and Wests are nonetheless buddies 

Whatever friction got here between Kanye and John didn’t trickle all the way down to their households. West is married to Kim Kardashian West and Legend to Chrissy Teigen. Legend says the households stay buddies, although distance makes getting collectively tough.

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“Our families are still close so we’ll go to their Christmas or Easter party or a birthday,” Legend stated. “So we still see each other but not nearly as much.”

Nothing can really come between John Legend and Kanye West

Legend continued to elucidate that the bond he shaped with West when each have been starting in music will final ceaselessly. West was Legend’s producer earlier than he grew to become a solo rapper. Politics can’t threaten that.

“Obviously we’ve had our public disputes about politics but I still love him like a brother,” Legend stated. “I’m so grateful for everything we’ve done together. I think our love is based on so much history together, so much that we are proud of that we’ve done together.”

Legend doesn’t attempt to clarify West. He respects how open West has been about his private struggles. 

“He’s talked about being bipolar,” Legend stated. “He’s talked about some of that before. I don’t know that I saw that in him at the beginning. Obviously, it’s something he’s up front of it and he’s dealing with. I don’t know the ins and outs of all that.”

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Legend didn’t handle West’s announcement of his presidential marketing campaign on this interview with Maron. However, he alluded to the numerous statements West has made through the years.

“Even when I disagree with him and shake my head at some of the things he says, I still have that love for him,” Legend stated. “Honestly, it’s so much history. We were on the road together. We were making music together when no one believed in either of us. When you have that with somebody, it creates a bond that will stay. Even as your life evolves you’re in different places, you’ll stillhave that.”

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