John Legend: Kanye West was upset with me because I supported Joe Biden

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John Legend on why he fell out with Kanye West credit:Bang Showbiz
John Legend on why he fell out with Kanye West credit:Bang Showbiz

John Legend says Kanye West was "upset" with him because he supported Joe Biden.

The 43-year-old singer has spoken about the "strain" placed on their friendship after he declined to support his pal's own bid to be named President of the USA, insisting the 'Stronger' rapper's own backing for former leader Donald Trump wasn't the catalyst for their bond breaking down.

He said: "What it got described as was, we stopped being friends because he supported Trump, which was a mischaracterisation of what I said...

"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 on 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."

However, the 'All of Me' singer - who has six-year-old Luna and four-year-old Miles with pregnant wife Chrissy Teigen - went on to insist that politics should not be "everything" in a relationship and claimed that "values" matter more to him in a world where politics have become an online phenomenon.

He told the New Yorker: "I don’t feel like politics should be everything in your relationships, and your relationships with people shouldn’t only be determined by who they voted for. But I do believe that certain things you believe in are indicators of your character, and obviously, that will affect your friendships. I mean, what are friendships?

"If they’re not your blood relatives, in many ways they’re defined by your impression of that person’s values and whether or not there’s some level of compatibility with the way you see the world. We’re so online these days, and the fights we’ve had over the past six years on Twitter, particularly around Trump, kind of made politics everything for a lot of people.

"I don’t want to live a life that’s so consumed by politics that it’s the sole determinant of who can be my friend and who can’t. But values matter and character matters and moral compass matters."