John Legend has revealed that he and Kanye West are no longer pals.

The music singer, 41, and rapper, 42, used to be firm friends - with John even performing at Kanye's lavish Florence wedding to Kim Kardashian in 2014.

Now, years later the two - who collaborated on a number of hits- have drifted apart.

John's college roommate was Kanye's cousin and that is how the hitmakers connected way back.

The pair were pals who spent holidays together and their wives - Kim and Chrissy Teigan - socialised too, but John once admitted he and Kanye were "never the closest of friends".

John Legend has revealed that him and Kanye West are no longer pals

John and Kanye's relationship appeared to nosedive in April 2018 when Kanye caused a stir by sharing private messages between himself and John on Twitter.

One tweet contained a screenshot of a message from John that read: "Hey it's JL. I hope you'll reconsider alining [sic] yourself with Trump. You're way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion.

"So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump's policies cause, especially to people of color. Don't let this be part of your legacy. You're the greatest artist of our generation."

At time Kanye was very public in his support for American president Donald Trump.

"I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts," responded the rapper. "You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought."

Kanye West and John Legend have been pals for some time but things turned sour when Kanye shared private texts they shared

Kanye later explained why he had been driven to share their private messages on social media.

"I tweeted the John text to show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion. I respect everyone's opinion but I stand my ground. If you feel something don't let peer pressure manipulate you."

After West's pro-Trump tweets, Teigen reached out to Kim via Twitter and typed, "are we still doing dinner Friday or no lol".

Days later it was then shared on social media that Kanye's mother-in-law threw a surprise baby shower for Chrissy - where John and Kanye were both together.

Responding to the breach of privacy, John then spoke to Vanity Fair and shared on his feud with Kanye, he said: "I think what was always challenging about it was Kanye has never been political.

The pair were pals, who spent holidays together and their wives - Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigan - socialised too but John always admitted he and Kanye were "never the closest of friends"

"I don't think he knows one way or another what policies of Trump's he likes. He just kind of embraced Trump's blow-it-all-up spirit and the energy of himself being countercultural in supporting him."

Proving he still values the Gold Digger star, John added: "I'm not trying to disown Kanye because I still love him and love everything we've done together creatively, but we were never the closest of friends."

Kim and Chrissy have appeared to stay friends

In his tweets, Legend explained that he was "thinking specifically of my own mom, Chrissy's mom and others". As he said he explained in the article, he wasn't trying to disown Ye now that they'd disagreed publicly and privately about politics.

In 2019, during a chat with The New York Times Magazine John once again touched on his conflicting ideas with Kanye on politics.

John told: "I've given my analysis of why Kanye thinks the way he does about Trump: He sees himself in him."

He explained why Kanye backed Trump so hard, as he added: "Yes, through the conversations we've had. He sees that underdog attitude; he sees the simple marketing message, and he's excited by it. There's a lot they have in common, attitude-wise. Kanye has openly said he wants to run for president."

Now, years after the dispute began John has explained that he and Kanye have grown apart but he does not blame the end of their friendship on their opposing politics.

Kanye has been a proud supporter of Trump - John does not support the President

During an interview with The Times this week, John was asked if the reason their relationship soured was down to Kanye's blatant support of Donald Trump's presidency.

“I don’t think we're less friends because of the Trump thing," John said. "I just think we're doing our own thing. He's up in Wyoming [where Kanye purchased a $14 million ranch]. I'm here in L.A. We've both got growing families and I no longer have a formal business relationship with him as an artist, so I think it's just part of the natural cycle of life," he explained.

He said that he and Kanye never spoke to each other about politics.

"It was never a part of our interaction. Our interaction was almost always about creativity and music,” said John, who signed to Kanye's GOOD Music label back in 2004.

He added that their musical careers are heading in different directions.

"He's doing gospel music. That's what he's focused on right now, designing his clothes, so we're in different places."

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