John Legend: 'I just want to be a good dad'

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John Legend Is Excited for Fatherhood


As a whirlwind year winds down for John Legend, with an Academy Award win, a hand in several hit songs and more, the star's next big ambition is closer to home.

"I just want to be a good dad," he said in an exclusive interview with AOL.

The singer, whose wife Chrissy Teigen recently announced her pregnancy, said he doesn't really do resolutions for the New Year, but rather looks at what he wants to accomplish in life "in cycles."

"I just look at goals more based on not the arbitrary turn from December 31st to January 1st, but more like in cycles. You know, I'm working on an album, so I want the album to be amazing. We're having a kid, and I want to be a great dad. So these are things I'm thinking about now," he said.

And those two things are quickly becoming intertwined. The Academy Award-winning songwriter revealed that his impending fatherhood is already giving him musical inspiration.

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John Legend: 'I just want to be a good dad'
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Model Chrissy Teigen attends La Mer Celebrates 50 Years of an Icon at Siren Studios on October 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the photocall for the Lancome Celebrates 80 Years of Beauty With All Its Ambassadresses on July 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Lancome)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen attend day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 16: Model Chrissy Teigen arrives at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino for a special Pre-Billboard Music Award celebration on May 16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Emily Ratajkowski and Gabrielle Union leave the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
Chrissy Teigen attends The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. (Photo by Christopher Polk via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Chrissy Teigen and John Legend arrive at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) John Legend and Chrissy Teigen attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF15/WireImage)
Actress Chrissy Teigen arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen and comedian Adam Devine attend the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Takes Over Nashville With Kings of Leon event. (Photo by Rick Diamond via Getty Images)
Model Chrissy Teigen and singer/songwriter John Legend attend the unveil of the Reimagine Learning Initiative during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Photo by Cindy Ord via Getty Images)
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrates His Birthday And The 10th Anniversary Of His Debut Album 'Get Lifted'. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images)
Simon Huck, Chrissy Teigen and Jonathan Cheban attend John Legend Celebrates His Birthday And The 10th Anniversary Of His Debut Album 'Get Lifted' at CATCH NYC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen hosts Shutterfly's Wine, Dine and D.I.Y. Design Holiday Event at Sopra on November 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil via Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the White Party Dinner Hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli Celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. (Photo by Andrew Goodman via Getty Images)
Chef Dominique 'Cronut King' Ansel and model Chrissy Teigen attend as DKNY celebrates the launch of the new DKNY MYNY fragrance with Rita Ora, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Bronfman, among other notables, at General Worth Square at Madison Square Park. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy via Getty Images)
John Legend, winner of the award for best original song Glory in a film for Selma, poses with Chrissy Teigen, right, in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/AP)

"I've already been a bit inspired by us being pregnant and the idea of being a first-time father, so I definitely started some ideas based on that, but it will be hard to know until we see the baby. But I'm already anticipating how I'll feel, and I've been writing a little bit."

We may have to wait some time before we can hear some of that new music, but in the meantime, Legend has stayed busy focusing on his wife. Teigen recently posted a photo on Instagram of her hubby taking the reigns in the kitchen when she was feeling under the weather.

"I just do whatever she needs me to do. If I'm home, I'm just trying to be as helpful as I can. I know she's physically going through a lot that the man will never go through, so I try to help whenever I can."

Even though the couple is going through a pregnancy for the first time, Legend said they're prepared for what comes their way.

"A lot of our friends have been pregnant lately -- and I feel like five of Chrissy's friends are pregnant right now -- so a lot of my male friends who have been the husbands have kind of mentally prepped me for some of the things that would happen -- and theres nothing crazy about it. People have been doing this for millions of years, so I think we can handle it."

Rumors have been swirling about the couple's pregnancy for years, even before they actually conceived -- and now reports have emerged about the baby's gender -- but while the scrutiny could feel invasive for many couples, Legend said he and his wife take it all in stride, saying they're "fine with it."

It's clear why fans are so invested in the couple -- in addition to Legend's high-profile wedding song "All of Me," and their respective careers, the pair is known for their incredible dynamic-yet-equal partnership, which marks a modern departure from couples of yesteryear. And that idea isn't lost on the singer, who considers himself a feminist.

"I married someone who has a mind of her own, who isn't afraid to speak her mind, and who I really respect. I didn't marry her just because she's good looking. I married her because she's an awesome person all around. She's clever. She's funny. She has a great heart -- and she's very smart. I want all the things that come with that. Those are the things I value in her, and so I'm excited to be with someone who's strong and has her own mind," he said.

Those who follow the couple on social media won't be surprised by their affection for each other -- a video recently surfaced of Teigen's incredible 30th birthday bash that Legend planned, with a special "Happy Birthday" serenade, of course.

Stella Artois And John Legend: Under The Stars Exhibit Launch

Legend is clearly an amazing gift-giver, and he recently partnered with Stella Artois for an awe-inspiring holiday gift for fans in NYC: A new song called "Under The Stars," featuring the actual sounds that stars make, which he performed for the first time under a spectacular light installation mimicking a gorgeous celestial view.

The song, inspired by the raw emotional connections family and friends yearn for during the holidays, pays homage to the Stella Artois name for its holiday "Give Beautifully" campaign.

"In the song, I talk about what the holidays mean to me, which are being around the people you love, being giving and loving with the people you care about -- and also about humanity being all together under the stars no matter where we are, no matter what we look like, where we're from," he said.

Listen to the beautiful holiday song:

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