John Legend finally broke his silence over the criticisms of his remake of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Kelly Clarkson, but his reaction is far from conventional.
While the normal reaction for an artist who gets criticized for a creative decision is to be on the side of his supporters, John Legend, is setting a new standard following the criticism of his remake of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Kelly Clarkson.
John Legend attends a screening of "United Skates" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 19, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
THERE'S NO SIDE TO TAKE
The singer broke his silence while speaking to People at a SiriusXM event. He said,
"First of all, there's no side to be on. It's just another version of the song. If you don't [want to] listen to it, you don't have to."
Legend added that by recording a new version of the song, neither he nor Clarkson are saying that those who love the old version should not listen to it. He pointed out that there are different parts of the song, and he did his because he thought it would be a fun project.
John Legend spreads holiday cheer at the historic Union Station on November 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA as part of SiriusXM’s “Dial-Up the Moment” campaign | Photo: Getty Images
OSBOURNE FLIPPED IT
The "All of Me" singer also wanted to update the lyrics into something more modern, which is what his critics have an issue with, and Sharon Osbourne led the charge.
After the song got released, the TV personality said on "The Talk" that it was "Ridiculous" and rhetorically asked what Legend would do if, in forty years, someone thought it wise to change the lyrics to his songs.
The singer's wife, Chrissy Teigen, while appearing on the "Kelly Clarkson Show," told her husband's "The Voice," co-judge that while she does not prefer one version over the other, Osbourne needs to get over her dislike for the changes Legend made.
LEGEND IS THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE
The mom-of-two also told ET while attending the Baby2Baby Gala in Culver City, California, that she is not offended by the TV host's comment because,
"Sharon Osbourne is always going to have something to say. It's her job."
Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
Amid the criticism, Legend got named People's 34th Sexiest Man Alive. While the singer is excited about the title, he told the news outlet that he is also nervous because people would pick him apart to see if he deserved it, especially with Idris Elba being his predecessor.
John Legend arrives at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala Presented By Paul Mitchell at 3LABS on November 09, 2019 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images
The Grammy award-winner noted it's not fair to him, but in the end, he is enjoying the attention and relegating the criticisms to the bottom of his mind.