John Legend opens up about his rift with former friend, Kanye ‘Ye' West

He had to clarify his earlier statements on the matter too
September 7, 2022 12:00 a.m. EST

“All Of Me” crooner, and Chrissy Teigen’s better half, John Legend is spilling the tea on why he and Kanye "Ye" West are no longer pals. For years, the “Gold Digger” rapper, John, Chrissy and Ye’s ex wife Kim Kardashian were spotted out together as a happy foursome.

In 2015, E! News shared a photo of the foursome posing with Beyoncé at the Grammy Awards, and in 2019, Ye and the SKIMS entrepreneur made the guest list of Legend's star-studded 40th birthday bash.

But the R&B pianist recently opened up about how his relationship with the outspoken “Jesus Walks” rapper disintegrated, and according to him, the media got the narrative wrong.

In the September issue of The New Yorker, John clarified previous statements he made where it was suggested he dropped ‘Ye as a buddy due to the latter’s support of former POTUS Donald Trump. According to John, that’s balderdash.  

"Yeah, what it got described as was, we stopped being friends because he supported Trump, which was a mischaracterization of what I said," he explained to the outlet. "That was kind of the Rupert Murdoch version of the story — it was all over the New York Post and Fox News."

Clarifying their friendship-fallout had nothing to do with Trump, he made sure to reveal the real reason: that he didn’t support Ye’s 2020 Presidential bid. 

At press time, Ye hasn’t used his off-the-cuff and unpredictable Instagram account to respond to John’s revelations.

John very vocally supported President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign run and according to Pitchfork, he sang "Feeling Good" at Biden's inauguration in addition to performing at the DNC's virtual convention the prior year.

Previously, John had spoken on "The Axe Files" podcast in August (via Entertainment Weekly) about his done-and-dusted friendship with Ye, saying, "We aren't friends as much as we used to be. 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." 


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