Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Will Finally Learn How to Swim for Daughter Luna: ‘We Don’t Want to Be Helpless’

07/05/2016 at 12:30 PM ET

Love for their 11-week-old daughter Luna Simone is the reason Chrissy Teigen and John Legend will ultimately learn how to swim.

“I was in the pool today,” Teigen, 30, told PEOPLE at the Revolve summer house in Southampton, New York, on Monday, where she was hosting a Fourth of July barbecue.

“I can’t swim, but I’m trying to learn for Luna, of course,” she adds. “There is nothing I want to do more than to get her into the water and for her to learn to swim.”

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The drive to teach Luna to swim is pushing Teigen and husband Legend, 37 — who was by his wife’s side at the event — into the water.

“John can’t swim, either,” she explains. “And we don’t want to be helpless in any way, so we’re going to try to learn for Luna. We’re going to have someone come to the house.”

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The model, television host and cookbook author also indicates that she and her husband’s inabilities to swim aren’t based on fear, but circumstance.

“I have no fear of water. John has no fear of water,” she says. “Or animals, or sharks or what have you. We just didn’t have water in our face when we were growing up.”

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Teigen continues of her and Legend’s past experiences with water, “It wasn’t something where we were dunked. I just want to make sure that she feels that she can cope with it.”

And it sounds like her daughter may not have to wait too long to start her training. When asked if she wants baby Luna to become an early swimmer, Teigen answers emphatically, “Absolutely!”

— Jeffrey Slonim

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Carolyn on

Just get a trainer, you can afford it.

Heather on

I never get how an adult can just not know how to swim. I mean, you throw a dog in water and it knows how to move it’s arms and legs. Unless they are talking about how they don’t know how to do the specific strokes, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what they are saying.

Carrie on

I learned how to swim when I was 13. I was embarrassed for not knowing how and I wanted to swim with my friends. I almost drowned when I was 10 and it was very difficult for me after but I did learn finally. I’m glad they are going to do it together.

Hea on

I think that’s very wise.

annie on

hope they drown

Renae on

She lived in Hawaii and Huntington Beach, CA but says “We just didn’t have water in our face when we were growing up.” That makes no sense but at least she’s trying to learn.

Guest on

That is great! I am an adult and do not know how to swim either. After one of my sisters almost drowned as a child you would think my father wouldve thought the wise choice would be to teach his kids to swim buy nope.

Yul Gallimore on

Love her! I learned to swim when I was 21, it’s never too late🙂

kitty62862 on

Good idea. You learn, have her learn early.

Can’t go wrong!

sara on

I’m 27 and I dont know how to swim either. I have 2 young sons so I need to learn for them. My 3 younger siblings dont know how to swim either.

sandy on

How can it be possible to get thru life with out learning how to swim??
Some of the top things to teach your young child: how to tie shoes, how to swim, how to use the toilet, how to ride a bike and how to eat with a fork/spoon and drink from a cup!
People of color tend to not learn how to swim. Why is that???

sally on

so your telling me they have all those fancy pools at their estates yet they don’t know how to swim???? I hope to GOD they put a safety fence around the pool- not only for that sweet baby but for them as well!

Carrotthebunny on

I also learned how to swim when my oldest child was very young. I really never spent much time in a pool as a child/teen.. Swimming is an essential skill to learn though. I really don’t enjoy pools or being in the water but still I’m glad I can swim.

Violetct on

Call me a hater all you want, but she is soo unattractive. It’s good anyone can model and be a celebrity now though.

Liz on

So when they were swimming in his “All of Me” music video were they really drowning?? That doesn’t make sense…

Rachel on

I guess I should thank my parents for teaching me one of life’s important skills. I can’t imagine being 30 and not knowing how to swim. My kids don’t really love summer swim team, but I tell them they have to do it until they reach high school because it’s one of those life skills you have to have. Didn’t she grow up in California with pools on every corner?!

lillie on

For me personally, the ability to swim comes right after starting to walk and to talk. My kids all learned how to swim when they were barely out of diapers. I was always paranoid they could fall into a pool and drown. I wanted them to know how to get back up and be able to stay on the surface. They are all good swimmers today, and to all moms out there…start the earliest you can, it could safe a life one day!!

Stacey McRae on

A pool, a baby and both parents do not know how to swim. They just keep pointing out how stupid they really are. They should have learned to swim BEFORE having the pool AND the baby!

Kesh on

Good for them. I just said recently that I would like to learn to swim myself and I would also like my daughter to learn. There is a fear for both of us from past experiences in the water but I believe learning to swim will be good for us.

chris on

Unfortunately, there are many children who die every year due to drowning. Swimming pools are not common in inner cities. Although Las Vegas is not considered an inner city, a six year old drowned yesterday. She was discovered at the bottom of a pool. Don’t judge unless you know someone’s circumstance.

cds on

@ANNIE; You are an evil person, in writing that you hope they drown, be careful of the terrible things you wish on other people. Things have a way of happening to the person that wishes bad things on others.

Peggy on

Swimming is easy. You just have to let go and let yourself float. Don’t fight the float. I’ve taught swimming for years, my worst students have the preconceived notion and fear of drowning so they start struggling and flailing right away. Float on with your bad self, I say. When they learn to breathe and let go they do great. Swimming for most usually means face above the water breast stroke not face down Australia crawl. Face down takes a little more coordination and confidence.

No respect on

So Chrissy thinks that we all didn’t notice that she participated in Fergue’s inappropriate sex video with her baby. The video begins with Chrissy breastfeeding her baby, being a Mom, but then she pretends that she is a sex symbol throughout the rest of the video. It’s very poor judgement that she allowed her baby to be in that filthy video with her. I have lost my all of my respect for her.

Amy on

I call BS– she lived in Hawaii and California where she worked at a Surf Shop. I highly doubt she doesn’t know how to swim, this is just a way for her to get attention.

Carrie on

I feel like what she means is she doesnt feel like a strong swimmer and wants to know how to basically be a lifeguard. She grew up in Hawaii and California and was discovered at surf shop, has pools on her properties, goes to islands for vacation regularly, and was a regular in SI Swimsuit edition. There is no way she does not know how to swim. I’m certain she means she wants to get life guard training- otherwise her story doesn’t make sense.

hank on

Sandy, people of color tend to not know how to swim because they weren’t allowed to share pools with white people for many years and so that generation never learned, and in turn didn’t teach their children, and that generation didn’t teach theirs… I have a friend who is almost 40. Neither he nor his wife were ever taught how to swim, because of that reason. But they’re making a point to learn now because it’s important to them that their children have that skill.

Prettypiper on

We didn’t have a pool in our backyard, so the neighborhood YMCA was near, but learning to swim wasn’t a priority. After having my daughter,swim lessons were just as an important as learning her ABC. As for me, still haven’t learned. Good for them to take. Now that my daughter is in college,I’m to take#swim#goals

Aisinie on

I do not want to bash them for not knowing how to swim! My mom (step mom) grew up by the sea, yet to this day doesn’t know how to swim!!! I, on the other hand learned around age 6. My dad and my uncle always took me to lakes and rivers in the summer because summer’s were so short in Northen Europe. I truly appreciate it and now my 5 year old can swim as well. Water safety/swimming should be introduced from early age so everyone knows at least how to get themselves to safety. Plus, it is a super fun exercise for the whole family and keeps you cool in the summer heat!

harry on

Why change now?

Chrissy on

Grew up in the Northeast with in a pool in my backyard. I learned at 3, so important.

nelle on

Good for them it’s never too late to learn.

nelle on

@Sandy, Wow way too stereotype! Many people of across the racial spectrum do not know how to swim, it’s not a POC thing. And there are many things more important in life than learning to swim!

Anonymous on

@ Heather – people are not dogs, so they do not learn to swim as dogs do. I spent a lot of time as a kid in neighbours’ pools. My friends had taken lessons but my family couldn’t afford them for me so I just never learned (my friends tried to teach me but children aren’t the greatest swim instructors).

@ Sandy – my parents didn’t know how to swim so couldn’t teach me, nor could they afford lessons for me (which were expensive and far away) so I disagree with you that it is one of those things you automatically learn as a kid. All the other things you mentioned don’t involve expensive lessons, nor leaving town. BTW: I am white, but have heard that yes, “people of colour” are less likely to know how to swim as they don’t always have the privilege of having access to a pool. All my black friends who had access to a pool as children are very good swimmers. Whether or not someone knows how to swim is just a matter of circumstances when growing up.

KatFer on

@ Heather – people are not dogs, so they do not learn to swim as dogs do. I spent a lot of time as a kid in neighbours’ pools. My friends had taken lessons but my family couldn’t afford them for me so I just never learned (my friends tried to teach me but children aren’t the greatest swim instructors).

@ Sandy – my parents didn’t know how to swim so couldn’t teach me, nor could they afford lessons for me (which were expensive and far away) so I disagree with you that it is one of those things you automatically learn as a kid. All the other things you mentioned don’t involve expensive lessons, nor leaving town. BTW: I am white, but have heard that yes, “people of colour” are less likely to know how to swim as they don’t always have the privilege of having access to a pool. All my black friends who had access to a pool as children are very good swimmers. Whether or not someone knows how to swim is just a matter of circumstances when growing up. My husband grew with the Atlantic across the street, so even though his family wasn’t affluent he had a place to learn to swim and numerous adults to teach him. I wasn’t so lucky, but still enjoy the water.

Alice on

Good for them that they’re learning to swim, it’s never too late to learn.

sauceinthecity on

bizarre. they’ve had their own pool for how long? and they can’t swim?

Nonswimmer on

33 and don’t know how to swim here. I had constant ear infections and tubes as a kid; I couldn’t get my ears wet and plugs never worked properly. I have a baby now and I should learn (my husband is a Red Cross certified swimmer and ex-lifeguard and my mother in law is a swimming coach)…but it’s not easy to learn as an adult.

Guest on

She has lived in Hawaii, yet she said she never has water in her face.

audrey on

I think she is a gorgeous lady, she has no problem learning to swim.

Anonymous on

It’s a good idea to teach her daughter at early young age!

Rain on

They can learn to swim easily if they have a pool in their house.

GP on

What a dizzy woman!

Mrs. Davis on

Whether you understand it, Heather, or not. . . lots of us just didn’t learn to swim. It happens. Be happy that, I guess, you did learn.

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