John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Talk Love, Trump & Kanye West: “I’m not trying to disown Kanye, but we were never the closest friends”
One of Hollywood’s strongest power couples – singer John Legend and model/television personality Chrissy Teigen – are doing what they do best in their latest cover issue of Vanity Fair – being themselves. They opened up about everything from politics to Kanye West to the paths that led them to each other in the revealing interview.
The social media starlet, Chrissy, commented on the beginning stages of she and John’s 13-year relationship:
“He was kind of known at the time for either being in the closet or a modelizer. I used to go on the websites and it was always either how I was his beard, or how he paid his past serious girlfriends, or how he was with some new model. Oh my god, I would read everything.”
John Legend, again, doesn’t bite his tongue when it comes to Donald Trump:
“We know this president has a particular aversion to strong women coming after him, particularly women of color. So he had to call her out. Every time he does something like this, he just makes himself look more terrible. I don’t know that that incrementally convinces anyone not to vote for him, but he just proves himself to be a sh*tty human being every day.”
He revealed that he and frequent collaborator, Kanye West, were never the closest friends – but his allegiance to Trump has caused discord:
“Kanye, if he’s for you, he’s a very ardent marketer and cheerleader…I think what was always challenging about it was Kanye has never been political. I don’t think he knows one way or another what policies of Trump’s he likes. He just kind of embraced Trump’s blow-it-all-up spirit and the energy of himself being countercultural in supporting him…I’m not trying to disown Kanye because I still love him and love everything we’ve done together creatively- but we were never the closest of friends.”
The cover couple on Kim Kardashian-West‘s ironic involvement in prison reform:
“John Legend: It’s a cheap win for [Trump]. But the people being granted clemency are real people with families. So even if the clemency is won through his celebrity-whore tendencies, it’s still helpful for that family and that person. At the same time, he’s locking kids in cages and he’s a terrible human being…
Chrissy Teigen: To be able to go in there and put whatever you hate about him aside to do this greater good for this person? I don’t know if I could physically muster that smile and handshake.”
John and Chrissy reveal their political picks:
“John: My favorite—I’m going to say it, we’ll break news today—is Elizabeth Warren. She’s the best candidate running today and she comes at it with joy and with sincerity and with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Chrissy: I love Elizabeth Warren. I also love Kamala Harris.”
The Legends give their hilarious take on female Presidential candidates:
“John: Honestly, I don’t comprehend why guys hate women so much sometimes. You see someone as transparently competent and eloquent and on fire as Elizabeth Warren and then you hear some guys just are not into voting for a woman. Why do guys feel so threatened by the idea of a woman president?
Chrissy: Our menses…Because there’s 10 days a month where we’re just going to war.”
John Legend commented that while he was in college, his mother battled a drug addiction:
“She was a legitimate drug addict. We went years where we barely saw her because we felt a sense of shame….You look at my mother now, she’s so beautiful and radiant and regal. Knowing what we went through with her as a kid, I was a little bit resentful taking care of her later in life. Like, where were you?”
Chrissy Teigen says that her anxiety once kept her from accepting a talk show offer:
“I think I’m such an open person now because everyone in my family has always been so hush-hush. I love attention and affection. I want to be direct with everyone…[the talk show] was just too much attention and focus on me. It’s almost like the more things you do, the closer you are to getting canceled. It’s so scary to me—to have the world turn on you and hate you…I’m anxious but I still have an ego. I feel like opportunities will come back to me when I’m more ready and more stable.”
On if they could be the future First Family:
“Chrissy: Uh, I did Sports Illustrated and covered my boobs with a leaf.
John: But hasn’t Melania opened the door for anyone to be a first lady? The biggest issue about this presidency is how they’ve just lowered standards for everything. Hopefully we’ll reset?”
Written by Miata Shanay