John Legend isn’t just the guy fans turn to for soulful lyrics set over great melodies. Though the EGOT-winning musician and popular US The Voice coach can deliver that like no other, he has long used his massive platform to do much more. And he aptly titled the single from his new album ‘Actions’. Since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Legend, 41 – who has been staying at home in Los Angeles with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, 34, and their kids Luna, 4, and Miles, 2 – has helped buoy his fans with virtual appearances and performances. In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests, he has spoken out about ways to combat racial injustice and inequality. And all the while he has delighted his social-media followers by sharing the joys and woes of his nonstop family time with model and cookbook author Teigen and their busy toddlers.
“We have to do what we can as a society and a community to help each other,” Legend says. Here, the entertainer and activist answers readers’ questions about life, love and parenting in quarantine – and what he thinks could help lead to a better future.
AMANDA G: How do you juggle being a husband, raising children and working on your career at this time?
Because of the pandemic I’ve been home more than ever. I’ve done a lot of interviews from this very room, which is my living room, and we filmed The Voice from right here. I’ve done live performances from my piano; you’ve probably seen a couple of those as well. So I am working, but I get to see my wife and my kids more than I would normally see them, and I think that’s a pretty cool thing. I’m pretty sure my kids love the fact that Mummy and Daddy are home all the time nowadays and they don’t have to go to school. So it’s been an interesting time; it’s been challenging for a lot of people, I know that, but this time together and not travelling for work has been good for us.
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