Singer John Legend has credited Kanye West with his career success, as their long-standing friendship remains strained.
The legend, 43, recently reported that his relationship with West, 45, became fraught after he criticized the rapper and musician fashion designer for not supporting him during his ill-fated 2020 presidential run.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Legend said in an interview, “but he was very upset that I didn’t support him and I supported Joe Biden. It’s up to him whether he can get past that.” with New Yorker advance this month.
While his friendship with West isn’t in the best place, the Emmy, Grammy and Oscar-winning Legend gave the credit where it was due on Friday, when he spoke about the star’s controversial impact on his career.
“My career story cannot be told without Kanye’s participation,” Legend said during an appearance on a UK TV show. Good morning Britain. We worked together on my first album, lift upSign me up for his production company, GOOD Music.
“We made a lot of great music together, so I’ll always be grateful for that. Our friendship definitely hit a rough patch. But my career is what it is because of our collaboration.”
West announced on July 4, 2020, that he is running for president as an independent under a “Christmas Party” – after publicly expressing his support for then-President Donald Trump.
When West spoke publicly about his support for Trump after the successful Republican bid for the White House in 2016, Legend sent a private message to the hip-hop star about using his platform to support the one-term US president. West shared screenshots of those messages on social media.
“Everyone saw how I talked to him about it,” Legend said. New Yorker From his letters to the West. “I spoke to him with love and sympathy, and I tried to help him see another way of looking at things. He obviously went the way he did.”
While West’s attitude and actions have left his friendship with Legend in tatters, the singer has expressed private displeasure with Trump’s staff. The team raised money for West’s presidential campaign and helped get him on the ballot by signing petitions in his favour.
At the time, Trump was struggling for an ultimately unsuccessful bid for a second term in the White House. in New Yorker In an interview, Legend called the move an “obvious fraud” to suck black votes away from the eventual victor President Biden.
“The most frustrating thing to me about his candidacy for president was how much the Trump campaign was running,” Legend said. “I don’t know how to realize that [West] It was from the fact that there were a lot of Trump staff throughout his campaign, raising money for him, signing petitions for him, and putting him on the ballot.
“I saw their work on his behalf as a clear and practical scam to try to take black votes away from Biden, so there was no way to support her. Kanye was upset about it, and we haven’t been friends since, really,” Legend said.
Legend, who is married to model Chrissy Teigen, continued: “I don’t feel like politics should be everything in your relationships, and your relationships with people shouldn’t be determined solely by who they voted for.
“But I think some of the things you believe in are indicators of your personality, and that obviously will affect your friendships.
“I mean, what are friendships? If they are not your blood relatives, they are defined in many ways by your impression of that person’s values, and whether or not there is some level of compatibility with the way you see the world.
“We’re on the internet a lot these days, and the battles we’ve had over the past six years on Twitter, particularly over Trump, have kind of made politics everything to a lot of people,” Legend said.
“I don’t want to live a life so consumed by politics that it is the only determinant of who can be my friend and who can’t. But values matter, character matters, moral compass matters.”