John Legend talks IVF treatment: “We’re glad we had Luna the way we did”

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

Musician John Legend has just given an extensive interview about family life with Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna, and it’s a candid glimpse into what makes this high-profile couple tick.

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“Having a baby is a big challenge”

You may know that Chrissy and John had to jump through a lot of hoops to conceive daughter Luna (well, let’s be real, it was Chrissy who did most of the work). John’s pretty keen to talk about the whole thing, from a dad’s point of view.

The couple are now apparently about to embark on another round of IVF, in the hopes of adding baby number two to their gang. John wants to bust judgemental attitudes to IVF, talking openly about their fertility struggles and 1-year-old Luna’s conception. 

“Having a baby is a big challenge for a couple, and going through that together strengthens your bond because if you make it through [having a child], you know you can make it through anything,” John told Cosmopolitan.

It seems not everyone understands the struggle that navigating IVF can be. Some have openly critiqued the couple for “planning” the gender of their next child, alluding to it being an “easy option”.

Chrissy was having none of this nonsense, clapping back with the facts.

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“More awesome kids”

John said he and Chrissy’s efforts to conceive took a toll, but that they were lucky to be able to access the treatment they needed to bring Luna into the world.

“I think it’s especially difficult when you can’t conceive naturally. You want to feel like everything’s working properly and want everything to be perfect, but sometimes it’s not.”

“I wouldn’t say we can’t conceive naturally, but I would say that it’s enough of a challenge where it felt like we needed help. We’re lucky that we’re living in an age where we can conceive in other ways. [IVF] brought us Luna and hopefully it will bring us a few more awesome kids, too.”

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Whatever works

John noted that those who ignorantly judged fertility treatment as some kind of second-best, should hold fire and think again.

“There are some who look down on people that have fertility issues and [people who] need to use IVF,” John told Newsweekexplaining that for some, it was the only option. The dad-of-one urged couples who were keen to have a baby not to give up –  and to consider IVF, if they’re in a position to do so.

“We’re glad we had Luna the way we did, and hopefully we’ll have a few more kids through IVF. We think it’s a viable issue for people having fertility issues and encourage people that can’t have kids the old-fashioned way to do it the way we’ve done it.”

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Commitment is the new black

Cosmopolitan also asked John about the in-joke that he’s a super-reliable, devoted family man, and the implication that this is a bit… boring. He confirmed that being a good husband and a great parent is what matters most, and commitment is the “new black” as far as he’s concerned.

“I don’t mind being known as somebody who’s devoted to their wife. I am devoted to Chrissy. And when I write about [my commitment to her], it’s me being authentic. I think it should be cool to be a good partner, a good spouse, a good father, and/or a good parent. If I’m one of the people who helps make that cooler, I think that’s great.”

We think it’s great too – and we love it that he doesn’t think he deserves a cookie just for being a decent human. John’s our new favourite, basically.

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