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Story of How Rapper Ice Cube Proposed to His Wife a Second Time after 20 Years of Marriage

Monica Otayza
Aug 10, 2021
11:11 A.M.
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Ice Cube might seem like one of the toughest guys in the entertainment industry, but when it comes to his wife, he's actually quite the sweetheart. 


Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff have been married since 1992, and when they celebrated their 20th anniversary, he decided to propose again. The actor may be quite intimidating in the industry, but when it comes to family, he's actually the opposite.

Ice Cube first rose to fame as a member of the rap group N.W.A. before going solo. Aside from his music career, he's starred in several movies like "21 Jump Street."  At home, he is a proud husband and father of four to O’Shea Jr., Darrell, Kareema, and Shareef.

Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Ride Along" in January 2014. | Photo: Getty Images



In an interview with Nova's “Fitzy & Wippa," Ice Cube opened up about the second time he proposed to Woodruff. When the radio hosts pointed out that the pressure must have been bigger the second time around, he joked:

“I didn't really have a lot of pressure. I had built up 20 years of good faith, insurance if you say.”

Ice Cube and wife Kimberly Woodruff attend LA Family Housing 2017 awards. | Photo: GettyImages



When asked to describe the first time he proposed, Ice Cube shared that it was actually during the early days of his career. While he doesn't know if what he did was considered romantic, he thought it was cool. 

“I don't know if it was considered romantic. It was cool to me,” he said. “I had bought her a new car [a BMW 5-series], and when she went to sit in the car, there was a ring sitting on the seat.”



Talking to Bethenny Frankel on her talk show back in 2014, Ice Cube revealed that the first time he met Woodruff, his first thought was: “Wow, that could be your woman.” However, she was not interested in him at the time because she had a boyfriend.

Despite this, six months later, they met again. This time, he didn't pass up the chance and got her number. That was the beginning of their love story.

Ice Cube and wife Kimberly Woodruff arrive for the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Fist Fight" | Photo: Getty Images



While most entertainment industry greats act cool in front of the media, Ice Cube easily admits that at home, there's not one person who "runs the show." Instead, it's a partnership between the both of them. He revealed:

“It's a true partnership. I respect my wife, and she respects me. We really want to be around each other, and it’s fun.”



The 52-year-old also credited Woodruff for keeping him grounded throughout his career. He admits that she is his "backbone" through it all. 

While the entertainment industry could be a blinding space, Ice Cube remained who he was because of his wife. The business was not able to take away who he was, and he attributes that to being with her. 

In March 2021, it was revealed that Ice Cube, alongside Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Too Short, had united to create a hip-hop band called Mt. Westmore. Too Short revealed that around fifty songs have already been recorded, and they released their debut album the following month.