John Legend’s Feelings About Following Idris Elba as People’s Sexiest Man Alive Are Too Real

John Legend recently got named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” It’s a special title that only a few people could say they have received, and Legend himself seems to understand what an immense honor it is.

In fact, the singer has thoughts about what it is like to be named “Sexiest Man Alive” right after the legendary Idris Elba got the title in 2018. Read on below to see what Legend has to say.

John Legend is ‘excited’ about being People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

John Legend attends Caruso's Palisades Village opening gala.
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Legend was a child prodigy who rose to fame in the 2000s with his successful music career. Today, he is a coach on The Voice as well as a philanthropist. Last year, he even joined the extraordinary EGOT list for winning all four of the coveted Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.

Legend seems quite deserving of the “Sexiest Man Alive” title, but he admitted that it is nerve-wracking for him as well. He told People: “I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same time because it’s a lot of pressure. Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me.”

How John Legend hilariously compared himself to Idris Elba

When Legend took to Instagram to share with followers about the exciting news, he did not stop comparing himself to Elba. Legend humorously posted a picture of himself as a teenager next to a swoon-worthy photo of Elba, writing in the caption: “1995 John would be very perplexed to be following 2018 @IdrisElba as #SexiestManAlive. Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed but thank you @People for finding me sexy. I’ll take it.”

It seems that, despite having a lot of success, Legend’s humble attitude has always been something many people like about him. No doubt that this also adds a lot to his “sexiness.”

Legend shared with People that his parents instilled such values in him from a young age.

“My parents always taught me that if you’re going to succeed in life, part of success is having humility,” he said. “It’s a good way to live life, treating other people the way you want to be treated.”

Chrissy Teigen also made hilarious social media posts about John Legend

Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, has been overjoyed about her husband’s new title. Teigen is usually known for making very amusing social media posts, and this occasion is no different.

“My secret is out,” she tweeted on November 12. “I have fulfilled my dream of having boned PEOPLE’s sexiest man alive!! An honor!!!!!”

At another time, Teigen also tweeted: “The sexiest man alive just made me a ham sandwich.”

Additionally, she decided to change her Twitter bio to say “currently sleeping with People’s sexiest man alive.”

Legend later said in another interview that Teigen is “legit proud” of his title and that he “finally impressed” her.

John Legend joked that he learned how to be sexy from Blake Shelton

The Voice seems to produce very hunky coaches because, aside from Legend, two other coaches — former and present — have been named “Sexiest Man Alive.” Adam Levine got the title in 2013 while Blake Shelton got it in 2017.

On a recent episode of The Voice, Shelton proceeded to share with the audience that Legend recently joined their prestigious ranks. When Legend was given time to say a few words, he joked that sitting next to Shelton on the coaching panel had allowed him to learn the ways of a “Sexiest Man Alive” titleholder.

“I observed every move he made, every utterance that came from his mouth, and I think some of it rubbed off on me,” Legend said. “And I think that has everything to do with why we’re here today.”