John Legend is encouraging those upset by the 2016 presidential election result to lean on their loved ones. The “Love Me Now” singer shared a sweet family photo with wife Chrissy Teigen and their daughter, Luna, on Instagram on Wednesday, November 9, along with an emotional note about Hillary Clinton’s loss and controversial POTUS-elect Donald Trump.
“It’s been quite a time for the United States and the rest of the world as we all watched the election results come in early Wednesday morning. Some of us wept for our country. Some of us celebrated. Some of us are already taking to the streets in protest,” he captioned a photo of the family sitting on a couch holding a sign that read #LoveMeNow. “You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest. I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it. I will not give up though. I will continue to be aware and vigilant. I will continue to speak out for justice.”
Legend went on to explain that he “didn’t think about the election” while planning the release of his new single, “Love Me Now,” but that “it’s clear that we all need more love” during this divisive time.
“I find [love] in my family and in my music,” he concluded. “Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it’s also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind. The video premieres Friday and features a diverse group of people from all over the world. From Standing Rock to Iraq, from Orlando to the DR. Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that.”
The Grammy winner and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model have been vocal about their dislike for Trump. During his campaign, Teigen got into multiple Twitter spats with the former Apprentice host, and Legend tweeted that the businessman is flat-out “unfit” for the White House.
Legend also campaigned for Clinton, performing in Ohio in support of the former secretary of state on Monday, November 7.
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