John Legend Wants Baby Critics to Be Fair: ‘Shame Both of Us So Chrissy Doesn’t Have to Take it All’

05/12/2016 at 12:30 AM ET

John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen are a unit — especially when it comes to parenting their newborn Luna Simone.

So, it only seems right that they share in the glory (and criticism) that comes with parenting in the spotlight, or at least Legend, 37, thinks so.

“Funny there’s no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We’ll split it,” the singer tweeted on Tuesday, referencing a recent outing the couple had that triggered backlash.

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The model, 30, caught some criticism when she went out for dinner with Legend shortly after giving birth to her daughter. In true Teigen fashion, the Lip Sync Battle star responded to her critics by screenshotting their comments and sharing them on Twitter.

“I went to dinner. People are pissed. Good morning!” she tweeted, quoting one of her commenters in a separate tweet, ” ‘I never wanted to leave my daughter, I love her, BUT THAT’S JUST ME’ – the passive aggressiveness is real!”

She might not need it, but it’s certainly clear, Legend’s got his wife’s back.

— Naja Rayne

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Kels on

I really feel bad for these people who are always getting slammed by pure nastiness. Know one knows them and yet they feel they can judge and criticize. It breaks my heart sometimes to hear just how mean people are to strangers.

stinky on

john–people are criticizing your wife cuz they are jealous of her lifestyle, her looks…she’s got it all and it’s not easy for some to see

Linda on

You know what? You should go to dinner again and show those nasty commenters what’s what….that’ll show ’em damn it! Enjoy that baby Chrissy and John…beautiful little girl.

Lish on

Sounds like a helicopter mom who can’t imagine giving other living beings autonomy for even the length of a meal. Is the critic going to attend college with her child too?

gottabril on

People are stupid ….just dinner !

Mrs. B on

There’s nothing wrong with a new mom going out to eat with her husband. She was a wife before she was a mom and a person has to eat! As long as the baby is being taken care of, it’s fine to have some “couple time.”

Cattywampus on

John Legend SHOULD be shamed all right for that fur he’s wearing in the photo. How cruel and insensitive.

Jellly on

I would never shame any parent on how they choose to raise their baby. Unless the baby was in some sort of danger. However! if
John and Chrissy wear REAL fur……
That’s a whole another story….
Animals are put through hell and severely suffwr…..just so people can “think” they make a fashion statement.

lisa on

So, new moms can’t go out to dinner?. Ridiculous. I wouldn’t pay attention to this silly garbage if I were Chrissy.

Kim Davis on

She’s a selfish inconsiderate & horrible mother. Poor baby ! She is left with 2 very stupid & bad parents. Legend, is desperate to stick up to that bad behavior because he’s a complete loser if he thinks. That’s great parenting. Both a complete loser parents!!! Sad!!!!

Anonymous on

She gets criticized because she goes out to dinner, please people get over yourselves. It was dinner not a South American trip Lasting weeks. Stop being so jealous and let her do her own thing.

notagoodsign on

Well John, if you guys put your life out there on the media 24/7, what do you expect? Everybody knows how it works. Keep it private, it might help.

Pot on

Nothing wrong to going out to have a dinner for short time, I’m sure they have nanny to take care of the baby!

Opinion on

A lot of people bring into their lives, the unnecessary nastiness from the social media.

They are constantly reading the posts. They are constantly responding, replying to their haters, naysayers, and critics. Which is a bait, and they fall for it with a bite.

Haters, naysayers, and critics are overjoyed and they get a high off of beefing, and ranting.

Silence them, make them sweat, by ignoring their hateful comments. Don’t allow them to get inside of your head. Hire someone else to read or monitor your social media sites. Invest your time and energy into positive, productive, and healthy things.

Whyme on

Certain people will find a way to criticize everything. You do you. As someone else mentioned below, as long as the baby is safe, loved and cared for then no worries. If more moms got taken out to dinner while their newborn is sleeping (yes the baby probably slept the whole time they were out) maybe there’d be less post-partum depression. In certain countries the whole tribe/neighborhood comes together and supports and takes care of the new baby AND the new mother. Isn’t that where the saying comes from “it takes a village”? I can’t google or I’ll lose my comment lol

karma on

It’s good for new parents to spend some time with each other! Get rested up for a couple hours and then you can be a better parent! Connecting with your spouse is one of the most important things for being a good parent. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this- as long as the baby is being taken care of by a trusted friend or family member! More support and less judging, please!

Just saying.. on

People criticize her not because she went out to dinner really, but people simply dislike her because of her endless and stupid selfies she’s constantly posting. She comes across as a bit of an airhead and I think she just annoys people so that’s why she’s always getting criticized.

Angela on

These “baby critics” are simply envious of a life they aren’t living themselves….that’s it. Can’t be her. Can’t live how she’s living. Don’t have what she has….So bash her. That’s what jealous people do best. Good for John for sticking up for his wife and I hope they keep enjoying every moment with that baby however they please. Haters need something to fill their day too I guess. Someone else living a happy life is great subject material.

Chi on

Not her biggest fan but he is 100 percent right. You have a good man Chrissy!

sauceinthecity on

it’s people who sit behind a computer screen and complain about the world and everyone else’s actions. Don’t feel you even need to justify or make a comment. Who cares.

Anonymous on

That is a good husband!

Guest on

Good grief! She can go out to dinner, but it didn’t have to be an on-camera-look-at-me event. I still think she’s weird. Posting the self-tanning photo, and the glam getting ready for work photo is just strange. Take some time and enjoy that little one you worked so hard to be able to have.

st on

Stop posting so many pictures and tweets and maybe people will IGNORE you! PLUS, is that a LIGHTER on the table????? That is more concerning!

sally on

I see a LIGHTER on the table? Hmmmm, wonder what their smoking- they look mighty happy!

Sally on

oops, “they’re” Caught it grammar patrol!

markhughw on

I babysat for my sister when my niece was a month old so she and her husband could go out to eat. What’s the big deal?

gracie on

Here’s a thought…how about judgmental, holier than thou posters stop the shaming posts altogether. Really, who is anyone to judge another?There are no perfect human beings, there is no one right way to parent and there is no good reason to criticize another about his/her choices. The anonymity of the Internet has given rise to a whole new trend in classless, rude and insensitive comments about others. Social Media has come to expose a very gray and sad side of human nature.

Sue's on

People really need to mind their own business, and worry about themselves. Why can’t these people go out to eat? it’s not like they abandon the baby and left the country. A simple dinner and come home.

Nancy on

How about this approach? IGNORE EVERYONE . . don’t even comment on what people say. Who cares?

guest on

People , I am sure the baby was in good hands and why not have a date night with her husband .She looked gorgeous and at least she wasn’t hiding like Kim Kardashian who is so vain about her looks . I hope they have more date nights which keeps the marriage . Love them for doing the dinner thin

Bridget on

Why are people so upset about this…. still? They aren’t prisoners to their home now that they have a child. Parents have been doing this since the beginning of modern parenting. Good Grief!

Lisa on

Those critics are probably bitter because they couldn’t find anyone to babysit their baby for one evening.

Mom Of Twinz on

@Kels I agree with you.

Sad on

Its sad that new parents aren’t allowed to go out on a date night alone after a baby is born. They didn’t abandon the child they left her with a sitter for a couple hours. I think we have all done that and our kids survived and have grown to be productive children/adults. Some people are to bitter for words to even describe and need to get off their high horse. All the same I am glad he defended her like a strong husband/father should.

blessedwithboys on

Fathers don’t lactate. Mothers do. Babies need their mothers. They need them for food and for comfort as that is the only smell, fell, and sound they have ever known. It is different when fathers leave the baby early on. It’s unnatural.

Worry about your own kids on

@cr, if you could say something that stupid, I’m guessing you don’t actually have kids.

@Kim davis, what an appropriate name for you! Leaving the house for two hours is NOT bad parenting. Never has been, never will be. I’m guessing you’re not really a parent either. I find parenting experts who clearly don’t have kids to be the height of comedy. That is, if you weren’t so pathetic.

Qan on

No one cares if they go out for dinner, it’s their business, they do what they have to do.

Vanity on

Love you and her together! No worries John and congratulations on the new baby, she’s a beauty like her Mom. Cheers P.s. put the negative on ignore, negative humans are miserable and misery loves company. Don’t have them over via social media – Love your life block the unnecessary people who don’t know love or respect your family these individuals are useless as are their negative comments! Not a single one of them will be in your life ever!

E on

Why does everyone make it their business?! They are grown ups and can do what they like. If you don’t like them, scroll past their articles! Life is short- let the couple have dinner!

Anonymous on

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE REALLY BORED AND MISERABLE WITH YOUR OWN LIVES IF YOU’RE SO FOCUSED AND JUDGMENTAL ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFESTYLE AND PARENTING SKILLS. FYI TO WHOMEVER WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO COMMENT ABOUT A LIGHT ON THE TABLE…NOTICE THE LIT LIT CANDLES IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO BE PETTY ABOUT. AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BUTT HURT ABOUT THE FUR…PROVE THAT IT’S REAL WHILE YOU’RE HATING AS WELL AND IF SO? ARE YOU GONNA LOSE SLEEP? GO SEE A THERAPIST? PROTEST? OR JUST KEEP STICKING YOUR LIP OUT? WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN LIVES INSTEAD OF PRETENDING TO LIVE IT THROUGH LIFE OF OTHERS.

anonymous on

It’s their business to go out for dinner. They do what they like to do, it’s none of our business!

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