How Chrissy Teigen Changed John Legend’s Womanizing Ways

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have a showbiz love story. They met in 2006 when Teigen appeared in a music video for Legend, started dating seriously in 2007 and married in 2013. They have been together ever since, but Legend reveals he wasn’t always a one woman guy before Teigen.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
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Legend was a guest on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast on July 13. Shepard asked the singer about his days as a ladies man and Legend was open about his past, and what made him change when he met Teigen.

Before Chrissy Teigen, John Legend was overwhelmed by the amount of available women

Legend told Shepard that he skipped not one, but two grades in school. By the time he was in high school, he was 11 when some classmates were 14. When he started making music as an adult, it was really the first time dating was even in the cards for him. So, he wouldn’t date just one woman at a time.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend | Toni Anne Barson/WireImage

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“Yes, I did have a history of it, definitely in my 20s,” Legend said. “I think what happened for me, personally, is you go through a lot of your life, like your teens, when I was two years younger than everybody in high school and college, so I just didn’t get a lot of girls when I was younger. When I started to get that attention, I loved it. I just ate it up.”

John Legend admits to being unfaithful before Chrissy Teigen

Legend is taking full responsibility now. He recalled how he used to rationalize dating multiple women simultaneously.

Part of it, I escaped technically cheating by keeping my relationship ill-defined but it was really cheating. You can try to get off on technicalities. It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is. I definitely was dishonest and selfish and just enjoyed this new attention that I was getting, and it was happening before I was famous but when I was on my way. I was on the road with Kanye, I was just getting more attention and more opportunities to see lots of different girls and I took advantage of that at that time. 

John Legend, Armchair Expert podcast, 7/13/2020

John Legend says being monogamous is easier 

Legend said when he first met Teigen, they were both seeing other people. Once they committed to each other, Legend decided she was enough.

“At a certain point you realize you’re happier being honest,” Legend said. “You’re happier being faithful and being in love with one person. At a certain point I just decided that that person was Chrissy and just decided I wasn’t going to mess with anybody else anymore.”

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Being monogamous with Teigen makes life easier, on top of being the love of his life.

“It’s so much easier,” Legend said. “Your whole life is lighter. When you’re able to be honest with a person and you’re not hiding texts, your mind is freer. Everything is better. Obviously people have to get to that place and they have to realize that the person they’re with is the person that they’re ready to do that for, but once you figure that out, it’s so freeing.”