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John Legend reveals how singers keep going: There’s all kinds of drugs they’ll give you


ABC/Paula LoboJohn Legend reveals that due to the constant strain of performing, all famous singers take drugs — the legal kind, that is.

The ten-time Grammy Award winner tells Tiffany Haddish in a Variety Actors on Actors interview that doctors often prescribe steroids — usually the drug Prednisone — for singers whose voices are strained.

“There’s all kinds of drugs they’ll give you,” Legend explains. “They’ll give you steroids if it’s really bad. I promise you every famous singer you know has had to take some Prednisone every once in a while.”

When she replies, “Are you telling me Beyonce had to take some?” Legend responds, “I don’t know that for a fact, but I promise you every singer has had rough times and occasionally the doctor will say, ‘I need to give you some Prednisone to get you through.’”

Haddish then jokes that Legend may be punished for his relevation:  “I hope the Grammys don’t get mean and be like ‘Well, you know what? If you had to take some Prednisone, we got to take your Grammy back.’”

Legend, who can’t stop laughing, then cracks, “[Performance-enhancing drug] crisis in music at the Grammys!”

The Legend/Haddish Actors on Actors interview will air in two episodes on PBS: the first on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and the second on Thursday, June 21, also at 7 p.m.

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