John Legend was a “complete failure” when he first started kissing.
The musician is known as something of a lothario thanks to his smooth tunes, although he is firmly off the market and will marry model Chrissy Teigen later this month. He finds his reputation funny seeing as he didn’t have much luck with the ladies as a youngster.
“Well, one of my first girlfriends in high school tried to teach me because I was a complete failure,” he laughed to British magazine Cosmopolitan. “I didn’t get better until after we ended, so maybe she wasn’t the best teacher! I’m good now though – don’t worry about that.”
John is looking forward to marrying his fiancée, with the ceremony taking place at Italy’s Lake Como. He isn’t concerned that marriage will be too hard, although he has sounded out some of his friends for tips.
“Men don’t really give each other relationship advice,” he admitted. “But my friends just got married and they say it takes work to maintain and I think that’s true. You have to put in the effort to improve yourself, listen and pay attention and you have to learn to work with someone else’s needs… and their bad habits!”
The star also offered some words of wisdom to women who are in the first throws of a romance. John warns if men only call in the early hours of the morning they are just after a “booty call”, whereas those who are willing to be seen out with a new partner think she is worth keeping.
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John Legend could only have a “booty call situation” with someone who was stupid.
The singer is preparing to marry model Chrissy Teigen, with their nuptials set to take place at Lake Como in Italy later this month. Although he is settled in his personal life, the musician has opened up about romance.
“Meeting at a nice restaurant, showing you have taste and class and having a great night. Once you’re been together a while, I love a romantic meal at home with candlelight and lingerie,” he told UK Cosmopolitan magazine about his ideal date night.
“If someone’s not smart in some way, it can only go so far. It’d be just a booty-call situation. They must be able to get on with my friends and they need to have style.”
John and Chrissy met while they were shooting the promo for his track Stereo in 2007. He cites that as their first date, although admits it was unlike any others he had been on.
“We met on one of my video shoots. It was kind of touchy-feely and like a very backwards introduction – before we even knew each other, we were feeling each other up! So that helped break the ice. It wasn’t a proper date but it was sexy…” he laughed.
Although their initial meeting was fun, it’s had an effect on their romance. John, 34, joked his 27-year-old fiancée is always a little concerned when he leaves to work on music videos.
“Yes – she knows how we met! But I’m very disciplined. I know where home is. We made a spoof video recently of her spying on me on a shoot and making sure I wasn’t getting too frisky!” he giggled.
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John Legend is “more nervous” about his new album than his wedding.
The singer has been engaged to model Chrissy Teigen since 2011 and they will tie the knot in Lake Como this month. John has also been busy working on material for his next release, Love in the Future. He admits the prospect of exchanging vows is far less daunting than the public hearing his latest tunes.
“People keep asking me if I am nervous about getting married, but I am a little more nervous about my album coming out,” he is quoted as saying by New York Post as he showcased new songs in front of an intimate crowd in New York City. “But yeah, I guess you’re supposed to get nervous before you get married, but I feel good.”
Love in the Future is released worldwide from this week. John is known for his ballads and romantic lyrics, but revealed Chrissy was left blushing after playing one new track to her parents.
“She got a little embarrassed. The second line is ‘We couldn’t wait, we did it in the living room,’” he laughed.
John and Chrissy have hired a wedding planner to arrange their big day, and the singer recently revealed a few details about the nuptials
“The wedding won’t be small but not too large, it’s mostly family. I just have a big family. Am I playing? I’ll probably do a song or two. Do I take requests? No, I’m not into wedding bands,” John smiled.
The musician has also hinted he will perform All Of Me for Chrissy on their special day, a song he wrote for her which appears on his new album.
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John Legend says Michael Jackson is the ultimate legend.
The musician gushed about the late King of Pop in a new interview, claiming he is one of the greatest people ever. John can’t believe he was lucky enough to meet him.
“He’s the soundtrack to people’s lives,” Legend exclaimed to British magazine Marie Claire.
“I was at a dinner with him in Bahrain during the Formula One. We talked about music, travelling… you know, international musicians small talk.”
John was “ecstatic” when he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2006.
The prestigious prize was his proudest moment in music, something his hero Michael knew all about after picking up 13 Grammies throughout his career.
He also opened up about what cheers him if he ever feels a little low. Happiness for John comes in the form of food.
“Southern soul food and hearty Italian food. Fried chicken and macaroni cheese are my specialties- they’re awesome together,” he said.
Not that he’ll be showing off any of his home cooking at his upcoming nuptials to model Chrissy Teigen.
A “really good” wedding planner is taking care of all the arrangements, but John says he probably won’t be able to resist the urge to perform for his new bride.
“I might sing a song or two, like All Of Me, which I wrote for her, from the new album,” he admitted.
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John Legend is proud to have been a “precocious little kid”.
The musician believes music industry success is as much about hard work as it is talent. Looking back, he’s proud he started work on his career when he was little more than a toddler and will never apologize for being demanding.
“It sounds obvious but there’s this mistaken belief that everything is about talent but talent has to be cultivated and developed. If it’s not nurtured, pushed and challenged it’s not going to happen,” he told Q magazine. “I was four and I begged my mom to get me piano lessons. I was a precocious little kid. There was a lot of music in our house so I think me wanting to play was me trying to be a part of what was going on. It was a chance to perform.”
The star still pushes himself hard but knows his career success isn’t just down to him. His fans are the people who have pushed him into the mainstream and he will never get tired of showing them how much that means to him.
He worries some artists think they are more important than their fans, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Don’t try to only play new music at a show because as much as you might want to you have to make your fans happy,” he said, when asked for some advice. “Don’t make the show too long. I never said, ‘That show was too short.’ Same goes for albums. More is not always better.”
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