John Legend Clarifies Comments About Strained Relationship With Kanye West
“All of Me” singer John Legend has addressed past comments about his strained relationship with rapper Kanye “Ye” West.
Speaking in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday , Legend addressed a past interview where he said his friendship with Ye ended because of their political differences.
He explained “Yeah, what it got described as was, we stopped being friends because he supported [Donald] Trump, which was a mischaracterization of what I said.”
“That was kind of the Rupert Murdoch version of the story — it was all over the New York Post and Fox News.”
He clarified “what I was saying was that he was very upset with me that I didn’t support him running for President, and that was the real impetus for us having a strain in our friendship.”
He added “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but he was very upset with me that I didn’t support him and I supported Joe Biden. It’s up to him whether he can get past that.”
While Legend doesn’t believe political views “should be everything in your relationship,” he does “believe that certain things you believe in are indicators of your character, and obviously that will affect your friendships.”
He also went on to address screenshots of his chat with Ye which West had posted to his social media back in 2018.
“Everyone saw how I talked to him about it. I talked to him with love and with empathy, and tried to help him see another way of looking at things. And obviously he went the way he went with it,” Legend said.