Ultra liberal crooner John Legend said that he and Kanye West aren’t as close as they “used to be,” over the rapper’s support of former President Donald Trump and decision to run as an independent in the 2020 presidential election.
In a recent interview with David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files, Legend admitted that politics got in the way of their relationship, despite working together for nearly two decades.
“[Kanye and I] aren’t friends as much as we used to be,” The “All of Me” singer said. “I honestly think because we publicly disagreed on his running for office, his supporting Trump, I think it became too much for us to sustain our friendship, honestly.”
He explained that West’s decision to run under his anti-abortion banner, The Birthday Party, contributed to their social decline. “I wasn’t alone in that, but, you know, he was not happy about that. And we really haven’t been close since then,” Legend commented.
He detailed that he became a collaborator of West’s at the same time both their careers were taking off in the music industry. The singer “In My Mind” signed to West’s production company, who helped him get a record deal with Columbia Records in 2004.
“We started working together and I eventually worked on a lot of his early recordings, and he worked on a lot of mine,” Legend recalled. “My demo eventually became my debut album “Get Lifted,” and his demo eventually became “College Dropout,” all of which we worked on together.”
Despite their political differences, the R&B musician believes that West is a genuine person.
“I think he’s been very open with who he is and his struggles with mental health,” he continued. “And he’s very real, honestly. 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.”
Legend has been a vocal detractor of former President Donald Trump for years, in 2017, he tweeted, “Trump continues to dominate the sh-ttiest president ever competition.”
Trump called the singer “boring” after he and wife Chrissy Tiegen failed to credit the GOP for passing bipartisan criminal justice legislation in 2019.
“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody — ANYBODY — will praise you,” Legend snapped back on Twitter. “Melania, please praise this man. He needs you.”
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