Are John Legend and Kanye West Nonetheless Pals?

John Legend is providing perception into the present state of his friendship with Kanye West. In an look on the “Axe Files” podcast on Aug. 4, the singer stated he’s now not shut with the rapper following their many public disagreements over politics. “We aren’t buddies as a lot as we was once,” he stated.

Legend stated he disagreed with West’s help of former President Donald Trump, in addition to his personal notorious presidential marketing campaign in 2020. “I feel it grew to become an excessive amount of for us to maintain our friendship truthfully,” Legend stated. “He was upset that I did not help his run for presidency of america of America, for comprehensible causes . . . I wasn’t alone in that, however, you recognize, he was not comfortable about that. And we actually have not been shut since then.” Although he was solely on the poll in 12 states, West went on to obtain over 60,000 votes.

Legend and West’s friendship dates again to the early 2000s. The 2 had parallel rises to stardom, and Legend launched his debut album, “Get Lifted,” on West’s Good Music file label in 2004. He launched a complete of 5 albums on the label via 2016. They’ve additionally appeared on one another’s songs quite a few occasions. Most notably, Legend appeared on “Blame Sport” off West’s 2010 album “My Stunning Darkish Twisted Fantasy,” which is basically thought-about his greatest.

Over time, Legend and West attended many occasions and award reveals collectively. Their respective wives, Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian, additionally fashioned a friendship. However after West tweeted about his love for Trump in April 2018, Legend made a text-message appeal later publicly shared by West. In it, Legend tried to emphasise West’s affect, particularly over his followers.

“I hope you will rethink aligning your self with Trump. You are means too highly effective and influential to endorse who he’s and what he stands for,” Legend stated on the time. “So many individuals who love you’re feeling so betrayed proper now as a result of they know the hurt that Trump’s insurance policies trigger, particularly to individuals of colour. Do not let this be a part of your legacy. You are the best artist of our technology.”

West replied, “I really like you John and I respect your ideas. You mentioning my followers or my legacy is a tactic primarily based on concern used to control my free thought.” Legend responded, “Suppose freely. Suppose with empathy and context too. Your phrases and actions have penalties. A lot love . . . And because you’re posting texts, let me add that I’ve a brand new single out haha.”

When requested on “The Axe Information” if he thinks West is misunderstood, Legend stated, “I feel individuals get loads about him. He is been very open with who he’s, and his struggles with psychological well being. He is very actual truthfully. I feel there’s not loads about him that individuals do not get.” He added, “What you see with him is just about what you get.”

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