John Legend has opened up about the real-life couples appearing in his new music video “Love Me Now,” sharing their stories of hope, perseverance, and unity via his Instagram account Tuesday.
Released earlier this month, Legend’s video features not only his own family — wife Chrissy Teigen, daughter Luna — but also lovers from around the world.
Among them are Miles, a retired schoolteacher from the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Tribe, and LaDonna, a historian for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “LaDonna and Miles met in college,” Legend writes, “and for 30 years they have been praying for unity and solidarity, and working to help leave the world a better place.”
Also featured in the video are Abdulrahman and Zeren, who fled the war in Syria and are “striving to build a life together” at the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq.
Norman Casiano, featured with his beau Ryan Cunnington, is a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando who “has begun his healing process and continues to do better thanks to his friends and family.”
And there are Nata and Julissa, “who grew up together on the backstreets of Cabarete Town, Dominican Republic in an impoverished neighborhood of Dominicans and Haitians known as ‘La Cienega,'” Legend writes. “Life in ‘La Cienega’ has many challenges: the infrastructure is fragile and the opportunities are sparse. But they have each other and they have the ocean.”
Read the full stories of the “Love Me Now” couples below, and watch the video above.