Kanye West and John Legend were once close friends, but their relationship has gradually deteriorated because of Donald Trump
It’s no secret that Kanye West and John Legend have had a complicated relationship over the years. But things really came to a head in 2018 when Kanye started sporting his “Make America Great Again” hat and announced that he was running for president in 2020. This didn’t sit well with John Legend, who is a staunch supporter of the Democratic.
While it’s unclear whether or not Kanye and John will ever be able to repair their friendship, it’s clear that the election of Donald Trump has driven a wedge between them.
Legend has been very vocal about his disapproval of Kanye West on social media and in interviews
But the former G.O.O.D. Music affiliate told Axelrod things took a turn when Ye hired one of Donald Trump’s lawyers to help things came to a head in February of 2019 when Kanye hired one of Donald Trump’s lawyers to help with his 2020 presidential run. This prompted John Legend to speak out publicly against his old friend on social media. “I wasn’t alone in that, but, you know, he was not happy about that,” Legend admitted. “And we really haven’t been close since then.”
John Legend says that he and Kanye aren’t as close anymore because of their public disagreement over whether or not the rapper should run for office. He also feels like there are too many factors preventing them from maintaining a healthy relationship, including one specific issue: “His support of Trump.”
He continued by saying he understands Kanye has struggled with mental health issues but admitted that with him what you see is what you get.
“I think he’s been very open with who he is and his struggles with mental health,” he said. “And he’s very real, honestly. So I think there’s not a lot about him that people don’t get… Like 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.”
Some fans are disappointed that two such talented artists are no longer friends because of politics
But it seems like there’s no turning back for Kanye West and John Legend. The two have been on different paths for quite some time and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be crossing paths anytime soon. Kanye is a big supporter of Donald Trump and John is not, so it’s unlikely that the two will ever see eye to eye on anything again.
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