John Legend Admits He Didn't Love Chrissy Teigen When They First Met

John Legend, Chrissy TeigenYou hear those stories about love at first sight, and how a man just knew in his soul upon meeting a woman that he would marry her someday. Those are sweet and romantic stories, of course, but more often love grows slowly and even cautiously. John Legend recently proved that those love stories can be just as powerful, when he admitted that he didn't love his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen when they first met.

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In a cover interview for Los Angeles Confidential magazine's December/January issue, the 35-year-old Grammy winner said he was cautious in love, and it took him a few years to know Chrissy was The One before they tied the knot in September 2013.

When asked if he knew he would marry Teigen when they first got together, he responded, "Not right away. I'm more cautious than that ... I wasn't like, 'This is the woman I'm going to marry' from day one. For me I'm the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever."

Hardly what you'd expect to hear from the man who was inspired by his wife to write the smash hit love song, "All of Me," but he insists that it took time to grow the love to that point.

"The more you know someone, the more you're inspired by your relationship," he confessed about his inspiration for the ballad. "Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody ... because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."

It was passion for his wife and passion for music itself that led to the creation of Legend's most famous song so far. He said he learned to love music and performing early on. In addition to being a "precocious kid" who was "thirsty for learning," he caught the bug to sing for others in the church choir.

"When I was singing in church, people will let you know how they feel pretty quickly," he remembered. "You can feel the energy of the congregation, and you get a sense of whether they like what you're doing, if you did a good job. That was very tangible to me. It was very addicting too, that feeling of affirmation and love, just feeling the elevation of the spirit and excitement of the crowd."

You know, I never thought a slow, thoughtful, and deliberate love story could be just as romantic as the love-at-first-sight ones, but I adore the way John Legend describes falling in love with his wife. I hope their love only grows deeper from here.

Do you believe in love at first sight, or does it have to grow?

 

Image via Chrissy Teigen/Instagram

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