John Legend Says Friendship with Kanye West Ended When He Didn’t Support Rapper’s Presidential Run

Bruce Glikas/WireImage; Brad Barket/Getty John Legend (L), Kanye West

John Legend is shedding light on his current relationship with Kanye West — or rather, lack thereof.

The 43-year-old singer revealed that politics — namely, West’s support for former president Donald Trump, and his own presidential run in 2020 — dramatically altered their friendship.

“We aren’t friends as much as we used to be,” Legend said during an appearance on The Axe Files podcast with CNN’s David Axelrod. “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.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend Hulu’s 2018 Emmy Party at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Hulu)

Legend and West, 45, used to be close, and even worked on several songs over the years, with West producing for Legend as well as them both doing fully featured collaborations including 2005’s “Number One” and 2008’s “It’s Over.”

According to Legend, West also was “not happy about” the “All of Me” hitmaker not standing behind him when he announced that he was running for president in the 2020 election.

“He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,” Legend said. “I wasn’t alone in that, but, you know, he was not happy about that. And we really haven’t been close since then.”


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