John Legend ran into trouble with adult film producer over stage name

John Legend, 44, was born John Stephens, with a friend referring to him in his early career as a “Legend”.

The moniker gained recognition after rapper Kanye West used it in one of his recordings, leading John to continue using the name.

However, as revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show, John admitted it wasn’t as easy as you would imagine securing his new name.

He explained: “I was born John Stephens. A friend of mine started calling me John Legend. Kanye kind of blew it up when he put it on one of his recordings.

“When I was deciding whether to go out as John Legend or John Stephens (I thought, Legend) it’ll make a statement before I even show up.

“Then I found out someone is called Johnny Legend – he was also a porn producer.”

The singer continued: “I’ve never met him before. My manager, we had to clear the trademark.

“He reached out and negotiated a deal. I would always be John Legend and he’d always be Johnny Legend and we’d never cross.”

This comes as John gets ready to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife Chrissy Teigen.

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When Jonathan asked him how he plans to celebrate the big day, the All of Me hitmaker replied: “We’re going to go back to where it all started, Lake Como.”

He has previously spoken about how the Italian lakeside spot was where they spent one of their first holidays together.

They later tied the knot in Lake Como and the All Of Me music video, which stars Chrissy, ends with footage from their wedding day.

Chrissy recently arrived in London alongside their three children: Esti, three months, Luna six, and Miles, four, as they support the singer while he tours the UK.

After his performance last night at the Royal Albert Hall, Chrissy took to Instagram to reveal their tour bus had broken down.

The model shared a hilarious image of herself clad in a dressing gown and boots as she and John posed together in the Food To Go section of a nearby supermarket.

Sharing another image of the darkened bus, she added: “Every day an adventure (we are fine!!)”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 21.50pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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