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John Legend, Los Angeles Confidential

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While John Legend and Chrissy Teigen may look like one of Hollywood's happiest couples, the 35-year-old singer admits it took "a couple of years" before he knew the Sports Illustrated stunner was "The One." 

Appearing on the cover of Los Angeles Confidential magazine's December/January issue while sporting a sharp black suit, the nine-time Grammy award winning musician opens up about his gorgeous wife, whom he wed in September 2013. 

Asked whether he loved Teigen from the moment they first met, the soulful crooner gave a candid response, admitting he was cautious in love before tying the knot with the beautiful brunette. 

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Chrissy Teigen, John Legend

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"Not right away. I'm more cautious than that," he told the publication. "I wasn't like, ‘This is the woman I'm going to marry' from day one. For me I'm the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever."

Legend, whose hit "All of Me" was inspired by Teigen, also revealed that he had to grow in his relationship before he could pen the hit love ballad. 

"The more you know someone, the more you're inspired by your relationship," he said of the chart-topping single. "Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."

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John Legend

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In addition to dishing on his love for Teigen, Legend also touched on his early passion for music. 

"I was a very precocious kid, so I was very thirsty for learning. I wanted to learn the piano. I wanted to study the encyclopedia. I wanted to do everything. I just wanted to soak up a lot of knowledge," he said, admitting he caught the performance bug at a very young age. 

"When I was singing in church, people will let you know how they feel pretty quickly," he said, recalling his experience performing in his church choir as a kid. "You can feel the energy of the congregation, and you get a sense of whether they like what you're doing, if you did a good job. That was very tangible to me. It was very addicting too, that feeling of affirmation and love, just feeling the elevation of the spirit and excitement of the crowd."