Desert Island Discs today: John Legend episode, start time and how to listen

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John Legend will reflect on the miscarriage of his third child with wife Chrissy Teigen during his appearance on Desert Island Discs.

The singer will be the latest celebrity to star on BBC Radio 4’s hit show.

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It airs this morning and here’s everything you need to know:

When is John Legend on Desert Island Discs?

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He will appear on BBC Radio 4’s show today (7 August).

how to listen

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You can listen to Desert Island Discs on both BBC Radio 4 and the BBC Sounds app.

It will also be available to catch up on the BBC Sounds app.

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John legend. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for LG SIGNATURE)

Who is John Legend?

The singer, whose real name is John Stephens, is known for his song All of Me, among other things.

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He is married to model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigan.

The couple have two children, four-year-old daughter Luna and two-year-old son Miles.

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In September 2020, the couple suffered a miscarriage of their third child, who they named Jack, and they decided to share the news with their followers on social media.

This week Legend and Teigan announced they are expecting a child.

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Teigen shared the news on Instagram, writing, “The last few years have been a tangle of emotions to say the least, but joy has once again filled our homes and hearts.”

What is John Legend expected to talk about on Desert Island Discs?

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He will address the miscarriage during his appearance on BBC Radio 4’s show.

The legend will say: “It was difficult and I hesitated to share it. But I think Chrissy really rightly encouraged us to share it because I think it was really powerful for a lot of people and a lot more people go through this than anyone realizes.

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“And I think they often feel alone. They told us that they often felt alone and that sharing our experiences helped people feel less alone and to feel like other people are going through it and that there is a community of people going through it.

“And I think it was a really strong, wise decision by Chrissy to share it because it’s helped a lot of people.”

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He will also talk about his upcoming album.

When asked about his latest album by show host Lauren Laverne, the singer-songwriter admitted that a number of tracks are about grief and coping with loss.

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“Some of the songs are about dealing with loss and grief and when you feel broken, and I was able to bring those experiences into the music,” he said.

He added: “We spoke to dads who we were friends with and who we know have been through it since and wanted to talk to someone and they knew they could talk to us about it.

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“It’s hard to try to comfort someone who is going through this because there is no real comfort and you will always feel that loss.

“It spreads over time so it doesn’t feel as heavy. But you will never forget it.”

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What tracks will he choose for Desert Island discs?

Legend chose eight tracks to take with him to the desert island, including Aretha Franklin’s Day Dreaming, LOVE by Nat King Cole and Beyonce’s Love On Top, which Legend says was played numerous times at his wedding to Teigen.

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He also chose his piano as a luxury item to take with him to the desert island.

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