John Legend says he, Chrissy ‘hold on to things that bring joy’ after loss of son
Legend shared how he and his wife continue to stay encouraged following their tragic loss earlier this year.
During a new interview, singer John Legend shared that he and wife Chrissy Teigen are grateful for the outpouring of support after the tragic loss of their son.
“We’ve heard from so many people who have gone through it too and it’s been encouraging to be getting so much love and support from so many people who have experienced similar things,” Legend said in a recent conversation with Entertainment Tonight.
As theGrio reported, the couple suffered the loss of their son Jack during Teigan’s pregnancy. The model and host, who has always been open about her fertility struggles, revealed the news on Instagram writing a heartfelt post to her friends, followers, family, and fans.
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” Teigen wrote. “We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”
The couple have two children, Luna, 4 and Miles, 2, who Legend said has kept them in positive spirits despite their grief.
“Whenever we go through personal challenges — and I think challenges as a nation — I think we have to hold on to what makes us optimistic. What makes us hopeful, hold onto the things that bring us joy,” he said to ET. “And in my family, as we’ve gone through a tough year, we hold onto the fact that we have two beautiful kids that we love and are such a beautiful reflection of who we are and what we value.”
The Glory singer also shared his reaction to the 2020 presidential election. Throughout the campaign season, the 11-time Grammy award winner showed support his for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris while criticizing Black celebrities who aligned their politics with President Donald Trump.
Legend dubbed the rappers who support Trump a new hip-hop supergroup called The Sunken Place, theGrio reported, after artists such as Ice Cube became entangled with Republican politics.
“Now, some people see the meanness, the bullying, the selfishness of Donald Trump and they mistake it for strength, a kind of twisted masculinity,” he said during a performance at a Democratic campaign event.
Legend applauded the state of Georgia and the work of politicians such as Stacey Abrams to sustain democracy.
“I felt like Georgia played a key role in getting us there and I wanted to sing them a song to thank them for the true, beautiful work of democracy that was encouraged by people like Stacey Abrams and other people who went out there and registered hundreds of thousands of people to vote,” Legend said to ET.
“That took a lot of work and it took a lot of optimism and it took a lot of faith in democracy. Faith in the people that if we put in the work to get them involved, that they would go out there and make their voices heard. And they did and it’s such a powerful story.”
The multihyphenate talent also talked about his Netflix project Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. The film features original songs by Legend, Usher and Kiana Ledé, and stars Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, and rising actress Madalen Mills. it hits the streamer on Dec. 11.
Legend is hopeful that the representation in the movie will inspire families who tune in, citing his own children as examples.
“With having kids who are Black and brown, growing up in a world where there’s not a lot of content that shows a positive vision of who they are and what they look like, it’s really powerful that we have this film for our young people that can be on the perennial Christmas canon that show the possibilities that we have as Black and brown people,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I think it’s pretty beautiful and we’re excited that Get Lifted, our film company, is able to be a part of that.”
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