Singer/songwriter John Legend and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, are among the it couples today, hence them fronting the cover of luxury magazine DuJour. Perhaps one of the most grounded young celebrity couples, Legend and Teigen don’t feel the need to be pretentious and guarded about their relationship, almost to a fault. For the most part they are an open book, shattering perceptions held by the public of celebrity couples. They don’t take themselves too seriously and is as humble as they come. They often make fun of themselves in public via social media, like with Chrissy’s now infamous cry face when John won an Oscar. It has worked for their relationship and has won them the hearts and friendships of many.
It’s this willingness to offer such ordinary-seeming, no-holds-barred access that, in fact, makes these two such a rewarding celebrity fixation. We know that Teigen’s mother is ostensibly their third roommate, and that Legend makes a killer mac and cheese. Unlike more frustratingly elusive celebrities, they give us what we want—or at least do a very good job making us think they do. Consider this in contrast to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who spent years denying they were an item, or Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who hid their marriage from the press for several months. (Only after Kunis appeared on a talk show wearing a wedding ring did she ambiguously confirm that she and Kutcher were “maybe” married.) That brand of orchestrated behavior is no longer satisfying to fans—we now favor celebrities who are relatable, imperfect and honest over those who are rehearsed and perfectly posed.