John Legend has been named the sexiest man alive by People magazine. The US singer, 40, said he was “excited” but “a little scared” by the honour.
Legend, who is married to model and TV presenter Chrissy Teigen, suggested the public would “pick me apart” to check he is “sexy enough” for the title.
“Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title,” Legend told People. “I’m (also) following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!”
Legend, who is father to daughter Luna, three, and son Miles, one, was unveiled as the sexiest man in the world during Tuesday’s episode of talent show The Voice, on which he serves as a coach alongside Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.
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Previous winners include Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 47, David Beckham, 44, and last year’s pick, Elba, 47.
Country singer Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend’s win on the show.
He handed him a pair of shorts bearing the letters “EGOTSMA” to represent his latest honour of “sexiest man alive”.
Legend said his wife is proud of him. “I’ve finally impressed her,” he said.
“Whenever we had opportunities to sing in church or in school, my mom would suggest that I do it,” Legend said. “She always encouraged me.”
He also credited his father with helping him become the man he is today.
“My father taught me about character. He taught us by example. He always conducted himself with such grace and dignity,” the singer said. “My parents always taught me that if you’re going to succeed in life, part of success is having humility. It’s a good way to live life, treating other people the way you want to be treated.”
“I’m so proud that I have a wife and two kids I’m so in love with and so connected to. I’m also so proud of my career,” Legend said. “I love writing songs and performing on stage. I get a lot of joy from it and give a lot of joy to other people. I’m pretty at ease with myself now.”