One of the sweetest Hollywood romances started out on the set of a music video. In a new profile, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared how they started dating. They met on the set of “Stereo,” Legend’s groovy music video from 2007 — which means we basically have the start of their love story in perpetuity on film.
In the Vanity Fair profile, Teigen and Legend couple opened up about what it’s like 12 years later, and how their love has only expanded over the years. At first, they dated casually, and it didn’t go that well.
“He was kind of known at the time for either being in the closet or a modelizer,” Teigen said. “I used to go on the websites and it was always either how I was his beard, or how he paid his past serious girlfriends, or how he was with some new model. Oh my god, I would read everything.”
But that changed fast. “It got serious pretty quickly,” Legend said. “She just entertained the hell out of me, texting me. What people respond to in her tweets today was the same energy in those texts. I didn’t know that I wanted someone funny until I was actually with someone funny.”
Teigen was sleeping in the living room of an apartment she shared with six other models when the two started dating. She spent half the year in Miami taking on low-rung jobs, and partying “super-hard.” Sometimes Legend wired money to Western Union for Teigen. When he came through Miami, he would stay at the Ritz-Carlton and Teigen would invite her model roommates over after he left to swim in the pool and clean out the minibar.
“I had no credit cards, I didn’t have a bank account, and it just didn’t occur to me to ask my dad for money,” she said. “I knew exactly how much it was with tax to get a McDouble and fries.”
These days, Legend likes to joke that he’s going to retire soon — with Teigen’s money. They share two beautiful children, Luna, 3, and Miles, 1, and hope to have another. But even Teigen knows that sometimes their love story is a little too picture-perfect.
“There are some famous couples I look at and I’m like, ‘Ugh, we get it. Stop trying so hard, you’re so lame,'” she said. “I think people definitely think that about us but…that’s because I think of everything.”
For the record, we don’t think you’re trying too hard.