In a recent interview with the New Yorker, John Legend clarified what really caused a rift in his friendship with Kanye West, who ran against Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Referencing a recent interview in which he said his friendship with West ended because of their political differences, Legend explained, “Yeah, what it got described as was, we stopped being friends because he supported [Donald] Trump, which was a mischaracterization of what I said. That was kind of the Rupert Murdoch version of the story – it was all over the New York Post and Fox News.”
Legend stated that what actually happened was West got upset when the Oscar winner did not support him when he ran for president, adding, “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,” he continued. “It’s up to him whether he can get past that.”
“The most frustrating thing about [West’s 2020] run for the Presidency for me was how much it was an operation run by the Trump campaign. I don’t know how aware he was of the fact that there was so much Trump personnel throughout his campaign, raising money for him, getting petitions signed for him, getting him on the ballot,” said Legend.
He added, “I saw their work on his behalf as a clear scam and an operation to try to siphon Black votes away from Biden, so there was no way I was going to support it. Kanye was upset with that, and we haven’t been friends since, really.”
Legend said he doesn’t think political views “should be everything in your relationship” and added that he does “believe that certain things you believe in are indicators of your character, and obviously that will affect your friendships.”
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