John Legend 'hasn't been close' with Kanye West after his Pro-Trump politics

John Legend revealed he did not support Kanye West's presidential run and affiliation with Donald Trump

By George Johnson August 05, 2022
John Legend talks friendship with Kanye West: We really haven’t been close

John Legend recently revealed how Kanye West’s vocal support for Donald Trump, and his subsequent run for office in 2020, drove a wedge in their friendship.

Speaking to CNN’s David Axelrod, Legend told that they have a hard time sustaining their friendship after his impulsive public stunts.

"We aren’t friends as much as we used to be," the All of Me singer revealed. "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."

Legend also revealed what really served as the final nail in the coffin was his refusal to support West’s presidential run.

"He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons," Legend explained.

He added, "I wasn’t alone in that, but, you know, he was not happy about that. And we really haven’t been close since then."

He also appreciated West for owning up to himself and being “real” and “upfront with opinions.”

"I think he’s been very open with who he is and his struggles with mental health... he’s very real, honestly. So I think there’s not a lot about him that people don’t get," Legend said.

He continued: "He’s been pretty upfront with his opinions, his struggles, all the things that he’s dealing with. And I think what you see with him is pretty much what you get."