John Legend gave fans a glimpse of what happened behind the scenes when his wife Chrissy Teigen left Twitter earlier this year, only to return to the social media platform a few weeks later.
The “All of You” singer, featured on a recent episode of the “People Every Day” podcast, spoke candidly about the scrutiny he and his wife face as celebrities. Teigen, a model and cookbook author, helped Legend recognize that “it’s just harder for women” on social media than it is for men, he said.
“There’s a lot more control over how they look, and people feel a lot more comfortable being mean to them than to men,” Legend explained. “I just see the difference between the way I’m treated and the way Chrissy does it.”
Ditching social media can bring relief, he said, but it’s not without consequences because “you really want to get some feedback.”
“And a lot of Chrissy’s career has been built on interacting with people and learning from her audience and knowledge,” Legend said. “She doesn’t want to shut herself up, but at the same time, it can sometimes be toxic.”
“Obviously,” he continued, Teigen “quit Twitter for a while, thinking this might be the answer.”
“But she realized she missed her too much,” he added, laughing.
Teigen said on Twitter in March that she would part ways with her millions of followers.
“For over 10 years you have been my world. I really owe a lot to this world that we have created here. I really consider many of you to be my true friends, ”she wrote. “But it’s time for me to say goodbye. It doesn’t serve me as positively as it does negatively anymore, and I think it’s a good time to call something up. I’ve always been described as the loud applause girl, but I just am not.
Less than a month later, Teigen was back on the stage. “Turns out it’s TERRIBLE to just shut up and not enjoy random belly laughs all day long and lose like 2000 friends at once lol,” she wrote.