John Legend has resigned from his friendship with Kanye West over his 2020 White House bid and support of former President Donald Trump.
Legend could not give the friendship a “green light” anymore because “we publicly disagreed on his running for office and supporting Trump.”
The singer-songwriter spoke on CNN’s “The Axe Files” podcast with David Axelrod and said the pair weren’t “friends as much as we used to be.”
West heavily supported Trump while he was in office, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and visiting him in the Oval Office.
West didn’t appreciate the lack of support he received from loved ones while on the campaign trail.
“He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,” Legend said.
The brotherhood was straining for him. “I think it became too much for us to sustain our friendship, honestly,” he said.
“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,” Legend said of his old friend.
The “All of Me” artist avidly supported President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the 2020 presidential election, speaking publicly and performing at their inaugural concert.
Although the singer actively voices his political views, he does not see a political career in his future anytime soon.
“I do not want to run for office. I definitely don’t want to do it now. I don’t envision myself wanting to do it in the future,” he insisted.
Legend enjoys making a difference politically and philanthropically through organizations he works with.
“I feel like I’m able to make a big impact through the work that I’m doing, and I like the way that I’m doing it now.”