In 2016, West tweeted a screenshot of a text received by Legend, a Hilary Clinton supporter during the campaign.
“Hey, I’m JL. I hope he reconsiders aligning with Trump,” Legend wrote at the time. “You are too powerful and influential to support who he is and what he represents. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the damage Trump’s policies cause, especially to black people. Don’t let this be part of your heritage. You are the greatest artist of our generation. “
West replied, “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. Raising my fans or my legacy is a fear based tactic used to manipulate my free thinking.”
Following the disagreement on social media, the two were cordial.
The legend, who together with his wife Chrissy Teigen, was a guest at the rapper’s wedding with Kim Kardashian in 2014, insisted that politics “was never part of” their conversations.
“Our interaction was almost always about creativity and music,” he said. “He is also musically in a different place. He is making gospel music. This is what he has focused on now, designing his clothes, so we are in different places.”