John Legend: 'Becoming a father made me less selfish'

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

John Legend realised he couldn't be selfish any more when he became a first-time father.

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The 37-year-old singer welcomed daughter Luna with wife Chrissy Teigen in April (16). Since entering the world of parenthood, John admits he has had to reevaluate priorities in his life, to ensure that Luna always comes first.

"All of us are selfish, especially in our 20s when we're still building our career," he told the BBC. "As you get older, you realise you have to care about other people's feelings.

"And then having a kid certainly changes things. They require a lot of energy and thought and time, and you can't be selfish any more."

As well as making John's personal life happier, Luna has inspired two songs on his new album Darkness and Light. He also used his daughter and wife as inspiration for his track Love Me Now, the message of which is not to take your loved ones for granted, in which lyrics include: "I don't know who's going to kiss you when I'm gone, So I'm going love you now, like it's all I have."

Explaining the track, John said: "Darkness is always lurking. I'm saying, 'this might not work out, but let's enjoy it while it lasts'."

Other songs on the record include Penthouse Floor, which the singer describes as "a reaction to housing segregation and the ghetto-isation of certain communities".

Despite that, John isn't a fan of addressing political views in his songs. While he has spoken openly of his distrust of new U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for example, he has no intention of conveying this in his music, because he believes doing so would detract from the song itself.

"I try to write about universal themes and feelings, and when you get political, you lose some of that because people start aligning into camps," he explained.

"And it's hard to make music that says what I want to say politically, in a way that works musically. If you look at what I tweet about, it's generally very policy-driven. Talking about the criminal justice system and how we need better district attorneys doesn't always work so well in a song."

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