John Legend admitted he “wasn’t a great partner” in the early days of his romance with now-wife Chrissy Teigen.
The singer talked about becoming “mature” in a relationship in order to “become that person you want to be.”
Legend, 43, and Teigen, 36, began dating in 2006 while filming a music video. They tied the knot in 2013.
In the latest episode of On Purpose with Jay Shetty, the “All Of Me” singer admitted to podcast host Jay Shetty that he wasn’t as committed to their romance as Teigen was at the start.
“I think I was more selfish then,” he said. “I wasn’t a great partner at the beginning of our relationship. Even though I was very into her and very excited to be with her.
“I was in my mid-20s, still not ready to fully be the committed partner I am now.”
Legend explained that as he spent more time with Teigen, he realized he needed to change in order for the relationship to succeed.
“When you stop being so selfish, when you think about not only the joy you get from a situation and the pleasure you get from it, but also think about your responsibility and your commitment in that situation,” he continued.
“You just grow, and you mature. Part of it is it’s just a matter of time. You need time to become that person you want to be.”
On September 14, 2013, the Hollywood power couple married in Lake Como, Italy. They have two children, Luna Simone, six, and Miles Theodore, four, and are expecting a rainbow baby.
The new pregnancy comes nearly two years after they lost a previous pregnancy due to complications.
In another part of the podcast, Legend discussed how the couple’s love has been able to “stand the test of time.”
“When we first met, we were very attracted to each other, our chemistry was great, but that level of attraction is more like infatuation at the beginning of a relationship,” he said.
“Love, when it is able to stand the test of time, it has to be deeper and more real than that. We’ve been through enough together that it’s really fortified us and made us stronger.
“Those tests have made us grow together and realize things about each other that we didn’t know,” he added.
Legend previously stated that he and Teigen are “excited but cautiously optimistic” about their new pregnancy following the death of their son Jack in 2020.
He told Good Morning Britain: “Whenever you lose a pregnancy, it is always cautious optimism when you are pregnant again because you never know what could happen and you have experienced that tragedy of losing one.
“So your optimism is a little bit tempered by that. But everything has been great so far and we are really excited. The kids are excited, we are all excited and can’t wait to welcome this new baby into the world.”