Did you know that John Legend began playing the piano at the age of 4, wrote his first song at 11, entered high school at 12 and enrolled in college at 16? Neither did we until we got a chance to read his feature in the July issue of UPTOWN Magazine. The Grammy Award winning singer and pianist, is one of our favorites having worked with everyone from Kanye West and Brandy, to the roots. However, for all of the things that we know about Mr. Legend, there is still so much to be uncovered.
Uptown Magazine sat down with John Legend and was able to get answers from him on everything from what it was like growing up in a home with divorced parents, to his thoughts on mentor Kanye West’s new parenthood, as well as what the future holds for him and fiance Chrissy Teigen. Check out some excerpts below!
On new album “Love In The Future”:
Part of [Love in the Future] is purely autobiographical. So, in the literal sense, I am beginning a new journey. I am getting married and starting a family, hopefully. It is about embracing that future with optimism and hope and knowing that it’s going to be an interesting journey.
On his relationship with model and Twitter badass Chrissy Teigen:
[Chrissy Teigen and I] got engaged in 2011 and we are getting married later this year. I am looking forward to having kids and growing old together. That’s why we are doing it, because we intend to stay together forever … She is beautiful, smart, and hilarious. She has a great heart and we have great chemistry.
On how he handles being in the spotlight and keeping his relationship out of the BS:
I am just not bothered by random gossip that keeps Twitter and the Internet going. I know why it’s done: People need stuff to post on their blogs. Let them have at it. You can’t allow those things to define you and who you are. When you’re 34 and you have been in this business for a while, you don’t allow blogs and gossip to define you.
Read more from the full interview on the Uptown Magazine site which is live right now!