Don’t count on a Yeezy x John Legend collaboration any time quickly.
After many ups and downs, Legend stated in a brand new interview that his friendship with Kanye West wasn’t strained by their completely different political opinions, however fairly with their life paths.
“I don’t suppose we’re much less pals due to the Trump factor,” Legend advised The Sunday Instances of London. “I simply suppose we’re doing our own factor. He’s up in Wyoming. I’m right here in L.A. We’ve each acquired rising households and I not have a proper enterprise relationship with him as an artist, so I feel it’s simply a part of the pure cycle of life.”
The daddy of two added that he “by no means talked about politics” earlier than with West.
“Our interplay was virtually at all times about creativity and music,” Legend stated. “He’s additionally in a unique place musically. He’s doing gospel music. That’s what he’s centered on proper now, designing his garments, so we’re somewhere else.”
West, 42, and Legend, 41, have been pals for fairly a while, with Legend acting at West’s 2014 to Kim Kardashian. At one level, Legend even dubbed West the “subsequent Stevie Surprise.”
Nevertheless, the pair acquired into heated arguments over West’s pro-Trump beliefs.
Legend publicly expressed his disappointment in West for assembly with Trump in December 2016. They acquired into one other argument in 2018 after West shared screenshots of his textual content messages with Legend containing political messages.
“Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll rethink aligning your self with Trump,” Legend wrote on the time. “You’re manner too highly effective and influential to endorse who he’s and what he stands for. As you realize, what you say actually means one thing to your followers. They’re loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many individuals who love you are feeling so betrayed proper now as a result of they know the hurt that Trump’s insurance policies trigger, particularly to individuals of shade. Don’t let this be a part of your legacy. You’re the best artist of our era.”
West responded, “I like you John and I admire your ideas. You mentioning my followers or my legacy is a tactic primarily based on concern used to control my free thought.”
Ultimately, they agreed to disagree.