How Chrissy Teigen Met John Legend: A Relationship Timeline

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have one of the most iconic celebrity relationships in Hollywood. The pair met in 2006 on the set of Legend’s music video and have been together ever since. They are often regarded as one of the most loving couples in Hollywood and have been praised for their strong bond.

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The two have stood by each other’s sides through thick and thin. Although Teigen has faced many controversies, Legend has defended his wife and stood up for her. Their love is something special in Hollywood, and they are the definition of couple goals. Keep reading to see Teigen and Legend’s relationship timeline.

Meeting on Set

It seems like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have been together forever, but the pair only met for the first time in 2006. Teigen had been working as a model, and Legend hired her as the leading lady for his music video for “Stereo.” They spent the entire day filming together, and there was an instant attraction.

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After the music video wrapped, Teigen attended Legend’s concert, and they had a passionate evening. Although things seemed like they were moving quickly, Legend and Teigen pumped the breaks because they wanted to take things slow. She said she left him alone for a while.

She Played It Cool

Teigen decided to slow things down after their steamy night together because she didn’t want to move too quickly. In 2014, she told Cosmopolitan, “The worst thing you can do is try to lock someone like that down early on.” She played it cool, so neither of them would wonder what else was out there.

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Teigen said she never once asked Legend to define their relationship because she didn’t want to put pressure on the situation. She admitted that marriage was never her goal, and she was never the traditional girl. Legend and Teigen were simply happy to be together.

He Was on the Same Page

Like Teigen, Legend didn’t have marriage on his mind initially. He shared, “I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever.” It was a slow burn because they were both pretty young still.

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With Teigen’s busy modeling career and Legend on tour, it was hard for the couple to see each other. They spent most of their time talking to each other on the phone, which is when Legend said he fell in love with Teigen. He loved how engaging and funny she was.

A Short Breakup

Legend and Teigen might have the record for the shortest breakup because it only lasted a few hours. In 2007, Legend was feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, so he told Teigen he couldn’t be in a relationship at the moment. He was stressed and had never been in a relationship like that.

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However, Teigen wasn’t having it and said no. Their breakup only lasted for a few hours, but Legend came to his senses and realized he was being ridiculous. He quickly called off the breakup and apologized to Teigen. She explained that he was being whiny and needed a minute to regroup.

Their First Vacation

After their brief uncoupling, Teigen and Legend took their first trip together to Lake Como, Italy. The place would soon become very special to the couple. While they were there, a tour guide told them to make a wish on the lake.

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Teigen revealed, “I wished that he would be the man I marry and have children with.” She thinks Legend wished for the “perfect bite of cacio e pepe,” and luckily, both eventually came true. They had an amazing trip, and it further solidified their relationship.

Taking Their Relationship Public

After dating for about a year, Teigen and Legend made their red carpet debut at the 2008 Grammys. The couple looked dapper even though Legend’s suit wasn’t well-loved by fashion critics. Meanwhile, Teigen looked stunning in her figure-hugging pearl gown.

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In 2018, Teigen posted a throwback picture on Instagram of their first red carpet moment. She joked about her intense tan because it was a few shades too dark. Someone must have gone a little overboard with the fake tanner. Otherwise, she looked beautiful next to her man.

It Was Almost Ruined

In December 2011, Legend popped the question, and Teigen said yes. However, his romantic plans were almost ruined by airport security. The pair were trying to catch a flight to the Maldives and got into an argument before heading to the airport.

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Everything seemed to be going wrong, and Legend got nervous because the ring was in his carry-on bag. The airport security wanted to look through his bag to check the box. Teigen was standing next to him, and he was freaking out that the surprise would be ruined. Luckily, she didn’t realize.

A Lot of Arugala

After the airport debacle, the couple flew to the Maldives, where Legend planned to propose. While the couple ate dinner, a waiter came over with a silver dome for dessert. Teigen didn’t catch on immediately until the waiter took off the silver dome.

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A ton of arugula fell all over her plate, and Legend dug around for the ring. Teigen noticed the little box, and her heart started racing. She said he didn’t make a grand speech or anything crazy. Legend kept it short and sweet, and Teigen obviously said yes.

A Small Wedding

In September 2013, Legend and Teigen got married at an NYC courthouse. They needed to have a legal wedding in the US before they jetted off to Italy for the Lake Como ceremony. The pair wore matching black outfits for their courthouse wedding.

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Teigen and Legend headed to the courthouse after attending Vera Wang’s New York Fashion Week runway show in 2013. Their friend Irina Shayk was a witness, and everything was last minute because they realized their Italian wedding wouldn’t be legal without the US ceremony.

A Dreamy Italian Wedding

A few days after their courthouse wedding, Teigen and Legend headed to Lake Como in Italy for their lavish celebration. They tied the knot on September 14, 2013, in a beautiful ceremony at Villa Pizzo. Teigen looked gorgeous in a Vera Wang dress.

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Their A-list friends attended the celebration, which featured a performance from Legend and Stevie Wonder. Their guests danced the night away and enjoyed a four-tiered carrot cake. Teigan had three outfit changes, and Legend looked dapper in a fancy tuxedo, which she posted on Instagram.

A Legendary Love Song

After their wedding, Legend proved they were the most amazing couple when he released a love song for Teigen. Legend released “All of Me” in June 2013, and the music video was released a month after the wedding. The black and white video featured the couple in their newlywed bliss.

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Teigen said she cried when she heard the song because it was so emotional. She said she never got emotional about things until then. The final moments of the video included footage from their Lake Como wedding. It was every girl’s dream.

Talking About Kids

Legend and Teigen enjoyed their lives as newlyweds before they started thinking about starting a family. They were both busy with work and wanted to spend alone time with one another without children getting in the way. But within two years, the couple started thinking about babies.

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In May 2015, the couple posed for DuJour magazine and revealed that they wanted to have many children. Teigen said, “I would love to have three or food of my own and then adopt a few. So basically, I’ll be pregnant the rest of my life.”

Baby On the Way

In December 2016, Teigen and Legend announced that they were expecting their first child. The couple had been trying for a while without success but finally were in the safe zone to announce their pregnancy. She shared her excitement in an Instagram post.

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Teigen wrote, “As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening.”

Welcoming Luna

On April 17, 2016, Teigen and Legend welcomed their first child, Luna Simone. The model announced the birth of their daughter on Instagram, sharing that Luna was six pounds, seven ounces. Teigen added that they were all exhausted, accompanied by a picture of her and Luna.

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Although a newborn is a lot of work, Teigen said she was ready to have another child. She said she and Legend hoped to have a boy next. The couple picked a girl embryo through IVF to have Luna and wanted to use one of their boy embryos next.

Adding to the Family

Legend and Teigen decided to have a girl first because Teigen thought he would make the best dad to a little girl. They were so excited to welcome Luna and immediately wanted to have more children. Luckily, the couple got pregnant in 2017.

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In November 2017, Legend and Teigen announced that they were expecting their second child. Their son Miles Theodore was later born in May 2018. Teigen announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Somebody’s here!” She later shared the first photos of their newborn.

Supportive Wife

Since they started dating, Teigen has always been Legend’s biggest cheerleader. She goes with him to every red carpet event and sticks by his side through the wins and losses. A day before their fifth wedding anniversary, Teigan accompanied Legend to the Emmys.

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The couple celebrated Legend’s EGOT status after he won an Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live! He also won a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, which earned him a spot in the special club. Teigen gushed about Legend on Instagram, calling him an incredible man.

They Got Matching Tattoos

After the birth of their son, Legend and Teigen got matching tattoos by Daniel Winter on their biceps. Teigen’s said, “John, Luna, Miles,” and Legend’s said, “Chrissy, Luna, Miles.” It was a beautiful sentiment to show their love for their family.

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Teigen showed off her and Legend’s tattoos on social media with the caption, “Hey guys, please don’t talk to us unless you have tattoos. We are a cool tattoo family now, and we only want to talk to other tattoo families (sorry if this seems harsh).”

Gushing About Each Other

In 2019, Teigen and Legend posed with their children for the cover of Vanity Fair. The two gushed about each other, with Legend saying he was Teigen’s “biggest cheerleader.” He added that he always thinks she should do more and doesn’t mind how outspoken she can be.

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Meanwhile, Teigen revealed that she was so anxious on their wedding day that she barely remembers most of it. They also spoke about their upbringings and how that shaped them as parents. They came from different backgrounds but shared many values.

They Were Elated

After a few years of trying for a third child, Teigen and Legend announced that they were pregnant with their third child. Teigen shared photos of her growing baby bump, and Legend shared the news in his music video for his song “Wild.”

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At the end of the video, Legend, Teigen, and their two children cradled her growing bump. They were so excited to add to their family, but she was open about the tough pregnancy. Unfortunately, things started to go wrong within a month of their announcement.

A Tragic Loss

Sadly, Teigen suffered unfortunate complications during her pregnancy. On September 30, 2020, the couple announced she had suffered a miscarriage. Teigen shared pictures from the hospital to bring awareness to miscarriages. The model got emotional with her fans about the ordeal.

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Although the couple usually waited to name their children, they had started calling their unborn son Jack. They were so excited to have another child, and it was ripped away from them in moments. Teigen and Legend were devastated but tried to stay strong for their children.

A Tribute to His Wife

After everything to couple went through with the miscarriage, they needed time to heal from the loss. A few weeks after the miscarriage, Legend attended the 2020 Billboard Music Awards to perform “Never Break“ and dedicated the song to Teigen.

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The emotional tribute left everyone with teary eyes because most people had heard the news of their pregnancy loss. Legend got emotional during the song, and viewers could feel his heartbreak. We know it meant the world to Teigen because it was the hardest thing she ever went through.

Tatted for Legend

One tattoo for her husband wasn’t enough for Teigen, so she decided to get a second. The model got the lyrics to Legend’s “Ooh Lala” tattooed down her spine. In an Instagram clip, Legend explained that he played the song for Teigen for the first time in their bedroom.

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Legend said, “We had to test-run it. Make sure it worked. It worked. We actually played it on repeat for the first time. It was a good conversation starter.” The song clearly made things steamy between Legend and Teigen. She’s one lucky woman.

Showing Love for His Wife

After an extremely tough year, Legend wanted to show the world how amazing Teigen was as a mother and wife on Mother’s Day. He shared a sweet family photo on Instagram with the caption, “Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful wife!”

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Legend added, “It’s been a year that tested you in many ways, but you’ve come through stronger, wiser, happier, and a better mother than ever. I’m so fortunate to have you as my partner, inspiration, and my best friend. I love you forever.” It was a beautiful way to honor her.

Defending His Lady

Teigen and Legend are a strong duo, and few things have come between them. Therefore, when Teigen faced backlash for bullying on Twitter, Legend stood by her side and defended his wife. The model was called out for cyberbullying Courtney Stodden, so she issued an apology.

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Other people also said Teigen bullied them, so Legend came to his wife’s defense on Twitter. He wrote, “Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them.” He didn’t stand for people coming for Teigen.

Trying Again

Over a year after losing their unborn son, Jack, Teigen and Legend revealed in early 2022 that they were doing IVF again. The couple wanted more children, and Teigen was mentally ready to try again. She had been through an awful time, but her doctor said it was okay to do IVF another time.

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Teigen opened up on Instagram, “I wanted to let you guys know I’m balls deep in another IVF cycle to save as many eggos as I possibly can and hopefully make some strong, healthy embryos.” In March 2022, she said she finished the tough part of IVF.

A Bittersweet Success

In August 2022, Teigen and Legend announced that they were expecting another baby. Teigen had undergone IVF, and they successfully created healthy embryos. The couple was overjoyed to be pregnant after everything they had been through in the past year since the miscarriage.

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Teigen shared the news on Instagram, writing, “The last few years have been a blur of emotions, to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again. One billion shots later (in the leg lately), we have another on the way.”

Cautiously Optimistic

In September 2022, Legend opened up about Teigen’s pregnancy. During an appearance on the Today Show, Legend said he was cautiously optimistic, but they were looking forward to the new addition to their lives. The miscarriage prepared them for all the possibilities of pregnancy.

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Legend told host Hoda Kotb, “Whenever you lose a pregnancy, you’re cautiously optimistic because you never know what could happen. You’ve seen the worst of it and the best with the kids that you do have. And so we’re just excited as we welcome a new life into the world.”

They Want a Big Family

Later that month, Legend went on Audacy’s Check In podcast, where he spoke about his family and plans for the future. He revealed that he and Teigen aren’t done growing their family, even though it had been tough to get pregnant in the past.

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Legend said he could see them having four children when he thinks about their future. He added that he imagines himself and Teigen growing old and having children over for weekly family dinners. Hopefully, a fourth pregnancy would be easier for Teigen.

He Had to Grow

Legend recently opened up about the early years of his relationship with Teigen. He admitted that he “wasn’t a great partner” to Teigen when they first started dating. On Jay Shetty’s podcast, Legend explained, “I think I was more selfish then.”

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The singer said, “Even though I was very into her and excited to be with her; I was still selfish. I was in my mid-20s, still not ready to be the committed partner that I am now.” Legend shared that he needed time to mature into the man he wanted to be for Teigen.

No More Selfishness

During Jay Shetty’s podcast, Legend further explained that he needed to learn how not to be selfish to have a successful relationship with Teigen. He talked about everything that went into him maturing into a better partner, including how to get out of his single mindset.

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Legend explained, “You stop being so selfish when you think about not only the joy you get from a situation and the pleasure you get from it, but also think about your responsibility and your commitment in that situation. You just grow and mature.”

Promoting Teigen’s Company

Teigen has worked hard on her cookbooks and brand, so it was an exciting time when she launched her first line of Cravings baking mixes in October 2022. The model celebrated the launch with a pop-up food truck in LA. She teased the event with many Instagram stories.

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Teigen told her followers, “Something exciting is happening on Melrose and La Cienega starting at 11:30 am today!” Her followers were surprised by a food truck and an appearance from both Teigen and Legend. They posed with fans and tried the desserts.

A Bold Move

Nothing screams love like surprising your partner with a billboard in LA. For example, Legend went over the top when he surprised Teigen with a billboard for her 37th birthday on Sunset Boulevard. The sign promoted Teigen’s brand, Cravings. It was such a sweet gesture.

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Legend drove Teigen to the billboard while she was blindfolded and filmed her reaction on Instagram. She said, “Oh, thank you! I love it!” Teigen hugged and kissed her husband, who expressed how proud he was of his wife and told her it would be up for two weeks.

Talking About Their Sex Lives

Teigen is definitely not shy about her sex life and doesn’t care what people know or think about her and Legend. In 2012, she opened up to Cosmopolitan about the couple’s sex life, saying, “We’re by no means freaky-deaky, but let’s just say we’re open to things.”

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The model revealed, “We’re very okay with PDA. When we go to a restaurant, he loves when I wear a dress so that he can do some upper-thigh rubbing.” Teigen poses half-naked on Instagram because she has nothing to hide about her body or life.

She Doesn’t Care About Dates

While they have had one of the strongest relationships in Hollywood, Teigen and Legend don’t have the secrets to a successful relationship. They are like any other married couple that goes through ups and downs together, and Teigen has learned to bend for Legend.

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In February 2020, Teigen wrote on her Cravings website that she doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day or date nights. However, Legend cares about those things, so she tries to make them special for her husband. She said her favorite date night is when John cooks for them at home.

He Might Have Cheated

During a candid interview, Legend opened up about struggling with infidelity in the past. He revealed, “I escaped ‘technically cheating’ by keeping my relationship ill-defined. But it was really cheating. I was dishonest and selfish.” He saw other people at the beginning of their relationship.

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Legend understood that he made many mistakes, which made him feel that much luckier that Teigen stuck with him through it all. He said, “At a certain point, you just realize you’re happier being honest. You’re happier being faithful and being in love with one person.”

Music Video Romance

In September 2022, Legend released the video for his single “Wonder Woman.” The video featured Teigen and their two children, with the caption, “I married my wonder woman nine years ago. Happy anniversary, my love. You never cease to amaze me.”

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In the comments, Teigen replied, “I could say the same about you. Happy anniversary to my absolute best friend and lover and life partner. Thank you for being with me through all my mistakes, my ups and downs, my heartaches, growing with me, raising babies with me who are my proudest gifts.”

It Brought Them Closer

In October 2022, Legend spoke candidly about Teigen’s miscarriage with their son Jack. He revealed that the ordeal brought them closer together. Legend said, “We’ve been through enough together where it’s really fortified us and made us stronger.” It was a heartwarming conversation.

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Legend added, “Those tests have made us grow together and realize things about each other that we didn’t know. I think she’s cooler now than I ever thought she was. I just really have seen her in all kinds of situations. I just value her more, and in awe of her more than I ever have been.”

Growth From Grief

One of the most heartwarming things Legend said about the tragic experience was that he has seen “so much growth through our grief.” Their relationship felt different after the loss, but it didn’t tear them apart. Legend felt he learned much more about Teigen through it all.

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Legend shared, “I’ve learned so much about her personality, how she reacts to stress, how she reacts to life, how she can find a joke even in the craziness, in the grief; she’s able to find humor.” Legend felt that the experience helped him and Teigen love each other more.

A Formal Affair

The expecting duo is still cautious about their pregnancy, but that hasn’t stopped them from keeping their social lives busy. In December 2022, Teigen and Legend attended a White House dinner looking absolutely in love and glowing. Teigen hid her baby bump with a flowing pink dress.

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Teigen and Legend were excited to attend the dinner, especially after she feuded with the previous president on Twitter. Legend escorted his wife in a handsome black suit, and the couple was as happy as ever. They can’t wait to welcome their third child and spend time with their family.