Kayne West is said to be “serious” about running for president according to his friend, John Legend.
On Friday, Dan Wootton, host of his name-sake podcast, sat down with Legend where the singer revealed that his good friend’s presidential ambitious were something to take seriously.
“He said it multiple times,” Legend told Wootton on the podcast. “I think he’s serious.”
Legend continued, “He’s never told me anything about what party. I’d guess he’d run as an independent, but he’s never told me anything about what party he would run from. But he’s said multiple times that he’s interested in running for president.”
The Grammy award-winning artist went on to say that West’s future interest in politics might also be the reason why he likes connecting with the current president, Donald Trump.
“I think that’s part of why he likes Trump is because I think he sees some aspects of himself in Trump and sees that Trump winning makes it feel like he could do it too, “Legend explained.
Back in April, West caused a lot of social media controversy when he openly addressed his admiration and support from Trump on Twitter. The rapper later found himself battling a slew of backlash after he shared a photo of himself sporting a MAGA hat. And while many celebrities attacked West on Twitter, Legend decided to personally reach out to his friend via text message.
Legend sent the private text to West asking him to “reconsider aligning” himself with Trump, and was shocked when the rapper and fashion designer shared his text message on Twitter with his 28 million followers.
West shared the text on Twitter without any comment and Legend admitted to being “stunned” by his actions, but decided he was happy that people knew he had directly addressed the subject.
“So many people were worried that Kanye was saying the things he was saying and that there weren’t people advising him differently,” Legend said. “So part of me was happy that people saw that I was telling him the truth and telling him how I felt and I was proud of everything I said to him. I was shocked that he posted it but I was proud of everything I said and stand behind everything I said one hundred percent.”
Following their disagreement, the two showed that despite their differences, they friendship was still intact. Two days after West shared his friend’s text message on Twitter, he took to social media again to share a photo of the two together.
West tweeted, “We got love. Agree to disagree.”
And though Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, are known to often speak out against the Trump administration, West and his wife, Kim Kardashian seemed to have be embracing it.
In addition to the rapper’s public support of Trump, Kardashian has made headlines for her trips to the White House to work with the president on pardoning those who are serving long prison sentences related to drug offenses.
On June 6, Kardashian’s advocacy for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who at the time was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction, was commuted by Trump and she released from prison.
The reality star returned to the White House on Wednesday and told fans that after Johnson’s release, she was inspired to help out more.
“It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one,” Kardashian tweeted. “It’s time for REAL systemic change.”