It was the Instagrammed double date liked ‘round the world: Grammy-winning “All Of Me” crooner John Legend and wife, model Chrissy Teigen, headed to an Arizona Waffle House the night before the Super Bowl with fellow pop power couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to get down on some chicken and waffles in their designer duds.
Chrissy and John Instagrammed the dichotomous high fashion/low food photo-op, as did Kim, collectively garnering a modest 1.2 million-plus likes. So how did the historic social media moment happen?
“We had just seen Kanye perform with Rihanna at the DirecTV Super Bowl party and Kim and Chrissy were texting and talking about getting some chicken and waffles,” Legend explained after a recent afternoon rehearsal for Grammys night that will mark his second big weekend in a row.
Legend and Teigen, he says, are closeted fast food fiends. The original post-Super Bowl plan was to hit the local Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles in Phoenix but it was closed.
“Someone said there was a Waffle House on the way to the hotel so I texted Kanye, ‘We’re going to the Waffle House,’” Legend said. “Now, I’ve been to the Waffle House with Kanye before, so I knew he was cool with it. I didn’t know if Kim had ever been, and Chrissy had definitely never been to the Waffle House, but we enjoyed ourselves.”
“You don’t want to let everybody into everything,” he said. “We thought it would be a good moment to photograph because it was an interesting juxtaposition. It was good food! I was happy.“
The “All Of Me” singer and Common, who are both also up for Grammys, are set to perform their Oscar-nominated song from the movie Selma, “Glory,” on Sunday’s show with a hush-hush lead-in by Beyoncé.
As for Kanye’s bored/annoyed expression in the photos, when Teigen was asked about ‘Ye’s look, she took her best stab at explaining the Yeezus performer’s modus operandi:
“Kanye is so much fun. He's a wonderful person. What I love about Kim and Kanye is that I think they save their happy moments and their smiles for themselves, rather than sharing everything with the public. And listen, when a camera is shoved in your face trying to take a selfie you do not want to smile. And sometimes those photos get out. I don't want to smile in every photo I take. Can you imagine someone not asking you and grabbing you by the shoulder and pushing you in and forcing a photo? And not once, but a thousand times a day. I think people should understand that more.”