John Legend thanks Chrissy Teigen for teaching him the value of “boldness”

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John Legend has praised Chrissy Teigen for teaching him the importance of sharing his opinions – and thanked her for teaching him that he doesn’t “always have to say the safest thing”.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen may not like the term “relationship goals”, but they have fast become one of our favourite celebrity couples… not least of all because they respect and treat one another as equals.

Now, in an intimate new interview, Legend has praised his wife for making him a better person – and thanked her for teaching him to be bolder and braver with his opinions.

Speaking to Sunday Times Magazine, the singer explained: “I’ve definitely not always been scandal-free. I did all kinds of things that I’m not proud of. Nothing evil, nothing awful. I lied. I was selfish.

“But I’ve gotten better at life. Maturity is a lot to do with being with the right person. Learning what the other person in your relationship likes and caring enough about what they like to try to make them happy.

“And when you raise kids together, you have to operate like a team and you want that team to be successful. I wasn’t ready to do that when I was 25. But then I met Chrissy.”

Legend went on to say that both he and Teigen are “stubborn”, but added that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“I’m just calmer in general. I’m more reserved and less demonstrative with my emotions. But she has brought out a boldness in me to not always say the safest thing… the way we represent ourselves is honest.”

He added: “I’m more attracted to Chrissy now than I was 10 years ago. It’s more than just physical now. We’re a team. It makes me feel more connected to her than ever.” 

Teigen and Legend met on the set of the musician’s Stereo music video in 2007 and “hooked up” afterwards, Teigen previously told Cosmopolitan.

“I played it cool for a long time,” she said. “Never once did I ask, ‘What are we?’ Marriage was never my goal, because I’ve never been very traditional.

“I was just happy to be with him.”

Since then, though, they have always had one another’s backs: shortly after Teigen revealed her painful battle with postpartum depression, Legend opened up to People about remaining by Teigen’s side during her recovery.

“For me as a husband, it was my job to do the best I could to support her and understand what she was going through and do whatever I could do to help her,” he said.

“I feel like that’s the least I could do. I think it was powerful for her to let a lot of women know they’re not alone, and no matter how much money you have or fame, anybody can feel that.”

Teigen later thanked her husband for his unwavering support, saying “he’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving and understanding as he seems.”

“I’m much luckier to have John’s personality in my life than he is to have mine,” Teigen later joked to InStyle.

“He is insanely patient and such a dork, and he loves seeing me happy.”

Images: Getty 


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.