John Legend Discusses The Importance Of Teachers, Counselors

Todd Rigney - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 5:02 a.m. ET

John Legend credits his teachers and counselors for helping him through his parents’ divorce when he was 10 years old.

Watching a marriage fall apart from a child’s point of a view is devastating, especially since kids think their moms and dads will stay together forever. Sadly, this scenario happens more often than not in the United States, leaving some children to deal with the aftermath of a broken home all by themselves.

John Legend managed to cope with his own parents’ divorce with a little assistance from his counselors and teachers. The help he received kept Legend on-track, allowing him to pursue higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. John recently discussed his troubled childhood during a chat with People magazine.

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“I was 10 years old when my parents got divorced. It’s a pretty common story in America, and it’s a pretty tough time for kids, especially if they’re still at home in the middle of growing up. It was important to have teachers and counselors at school who could give emotional support. All of these people took extra time to show me that they cared and were going to hold me accountable.”

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Of course, the need for teachers and counselors isn’t the only subject John Legend is tackling these days. According to The Independent, the crooner also waded into the Israel-Gaza conflict on Twitter. While some people agreed with the things Legend had to say, others weren’t quite so impressed with his point of view.

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His soon follow this up with another tweets.

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Think Progress reports that John Podhoretz, New York Times columnist and Ronald Reagan’s former speech writer, didn’t appreciate what Legend had to say about the situation unfolding overseas. In a tweet of his own, Podhoretz bluntly told the singer “shut up and play the piano.” Legend fans were quick to accuse John of ” playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers.”

It’s clear that John Legend has a lot to say about a number of different topics. Controversial or not, Legend doesn’t have a problem sharing his opinions with the world.

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