John Legend Reveals He’s ‘No Longer Close’ With Kanye West After Rapper Supported Trump
It’s not surprising to hear of politics popping up in the middle of a friendship. John Legend opened up about his friendship with Kanye West hurt, after An injury rapper openly supports the former President Donald Trump. The R&B star explained that the two are “no longer friends as much as we used to be”, during an appearance on CNN’s Axe files podcast, on Thursday, August 4.
When the landlord David Axelrod asked John, 43, about his friendship with Kanye, 45, the “All Of Me” musician admitted that politics got in the way. “Honestly, I think it’s because we openly disagree about him running for Trump, supporting Trump. I think maintaining our friendship honestly has become too much for us,” he explained.
It seems that John’s disapproval of Ye’s 2020 campaign for the Oval Office is what really led to a gap between them. “He’s very upset because I don’t support his running for President of the United States of America,” he said. “He wasn’t happy about it, and we haven’t really been close since.”
John and Kanye have a long history of working together. John’s debut record Raised was released on Yeezy’s GOOD Music label in 2004, and the rapper is listed as a collaborator. John is also featured on Kanye’s 2010 song “Blame Game” from his record My beautiful dark fantasy.
Given how close the rapper and singer used to be, the podcast host asked John what people don’t quite understand about Kanye, but he admits what you see is what you get. “He was very open with who he was and his struggles with mental health. He’s very down-to-earth, honest,” he said. “I think there’s not much about him that people don’t get. He’s pretty straightforward with his opinions, his struggles, all the stuff that he’s dealing with and I feel like what you see with him is pretty much what you are. receive. I don’t feel like he’s a completely separate person in his private life than he is in public. I think you’re seeing the real Kanye openly.”
John’s feelings echo a similar comment he made in a 2020 interview with Sunday Times. The Grammy Award-winner explained that although he is still “in love” with Kanye, he has denied his relationship with him. “We were never the closest of friends,” he said, before explaining that the two were just apart.