John Legend spoke with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 20), weighing in on his recent public support of Meghan Markle on Twitter and sharing some words of advice for the newly married royal couple.
Last week, Legend reacted to the fact that Markle’s family has been scrutinized in the media ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. In response to a Twitter user’s post pointing out that most people’s families would somehow manage to embarrass them if they were about to marry into royalty, Legend tweeted, “I had a cousin try to raffle off tickets to have ‘Christmas Dinner with John Legend’. So, yes.”
I had a cousin try to raffle off tickets to have “Christmas Dinner with John Legend”. So, yes. https://t.co/rttOblUcks
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 17, 2018
Asked why he decided to comment on the situation, Legend says, “I think you don’t choose your family, first of all, as we know, and everybody’s got somebody in their family that might embarrass them at some point, and she’s in the most high profile situation in the world.”
“We all have family we have to deal with and she had to deal with it in the public arena in a way that most of us would never have to, so kudos to her,” he continues. “I think she handled it with so much grace and her family, her mother did too, so I’m happy for her, happy for Harry, and wish them all the best.”
Legend also gives some advice to the newlyweds, stating, “I think you just have to listen to each other, love each other, take care of each other, communicate well, and then hopefully they can go off and make some babies, too. That’ll be great.”
You can watch the full video above, and check out John Legend’s BBMA performance below.