John Legend and Kanye West have a long history together. They first met in New York City when they were both just starting out in the music industry. However, in recent years, their long-standing friendship has grown strained. In a lengthy interview with The New Yorker, Legend discusses what really transpired between the two.
While Legend, a lifelong Democrat who performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration, has acknowledged that West’s backing of Donald Trump caused a rift between them, he clarified that the situation is more nuanced than that. “Yeah, what it got described as was, we stopped being friends because he supported Trump, which was a mischaracterization of what I said,” said Legend.
“That was kind of the Rupert Murdoch version of the story — it was all over the New York Post and Fox News. 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. 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,” Legend continued.