EXCLUSIVE: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About John Legend
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John Legend’s no stranger to fame, but how well do you know the piano man?

As he prepares to release his fourth studio album, Love in the Future (June 25), ESSENCE.com caught up with Legend to gain a little inside knowledge for his fans. In his characteristically sexy husky voice, Legend answered seven of our random questions about his personal life.

Check out what interesting tidbits we discovered about Legend.

1. What he did with his first major pay check
JOHN LEGEND: Paid off all my college loans and I bought a new apartment.

2. How many pianos he owns
LEGEND: I have a piano in Los Angeles and a piano in New York. And then we tour with a piano, but we don’t own that one. We just lease it and give it back to Yamaha.

3. The one thing his fiancé, Chrissy Teigen, wishes he would stop doing
LEGEND: Where do I start? [Laughs] Let me pick something easy. She says I leave the door open to the closet too much and she’s very OCD about everything being tidy around the house. Anything that’s untidy and not in place she gets on my case about.

4. His workout routine and what he eats to stay fit
LEGEND: My workout routine… I run, I box, I lift weights and jump rope and I try to stay low on sugar and breads and things like that. So relatively low carbs. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and a lot of proteins as far as meat and what not. Not a lot of red meat.

5. His first celebrity crushes as a kid
LEGEND: I loved Janet Jackson when I was a kid. She was definitely one of them. I used to love Ashley Banks on Fresh Prince too.

6. If he uses his own music to get in the mood
LEGEND: No not at all. We’re not big on music, but there’s nothing wrong with a little Marvin Gaye.

7. His guilty pleasures
LEGEND: My guilty pleasure? I don’t know. I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures!