LL Cool J and his wife Simone Smith have been married for over two decades but have known each other for more than 30 years. Their love story started in the 80s, and it’s truly amazing.
LL Cool J told Jimmy Kimmel in 2012 that he met Simone Smith during Easter in 1987. At the time, he was 19 years old and was driving around the block in his mom’s car.
The rapper saw a friend and stopped to say hello, and the guy asked him if he wanted to meet his cousin, Smith. Initially, he didn’t want to, but he changed his mind as soon as he saw Smith.
Simone Smith and LL Cool J on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images
LL COOL J AND SMITH’S RELATIONSHIP
The couple started dating shortly after that, and after dating for years, he proposed in a very particular way: he sped in his Porsche and was unwilling to slow down until she said yes.
[Smith] required two and a half years to fully recover.
“You don’t abandon someone in that foxhole. […] So I made some decisions professionally and decided to be by Simone’s side during that period.”
GETTING TREATMENT FOR CANCER
In order to get better, Smith underwent a 15-hour surgery. That was the easy part, though, as she required two and a half years to fully recover. During that time, she had to learn to walk again.
LL Cool J’s wife has been cancer-free for over a decade now, but they keep in mind how hard dealing with cancer is, so they try to raise awareness through the Beat Cancer Like a Boss campaign.
Throughout their time together, they’ve shared some advice on keeping a loving marriage. The rapper once said that mutual respect and knowing how your spouse wants to be loved were critical.
Smith, on the other hand, admitted that putting God first was also crucial. She added that showing compromise, respecting each other, and picking battles wisely were vital, too.
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