LL Cool J is an artist who works in a variety of mediums.
The multihyphenate celebrity, who was born James Todd Smith and is now 54 years old,
has taken over Hollywood as a hip hop performer, record producer, and actor (his hilarious appearance in Halloween H2O should not be overlooked).
Now that he has added award show host to his portfolio, he will be emceeing the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28 alongside Jack Harlow and Nicki Minaj.
LL may be new to the gig, but he is no stranger to the event. In 1991, he won a Moonman statue for his iconic hit “Mama Said Knock You Out,” and in 1997, he was awarded the Video Vanguard award.
The star of NCIS: Los Angeles has also had an unbelievable amount of success in his personal life. LL and his wife, Simone South,
have been married for more than 25 years, which defies the odds in the Hollywood industry. Read on for more about this couple’s real-life Cinderella story.
When a couple has one of the longest-lasting relationships in the entertainment industry, it prompts the question,
“Where did it all begin?” LL and Simone first crossed paths in 1987, when they were both still in their adolescent years.
When asked about his age at the time, LL told Jimmy Kimmel in 2012, “I was just 19 or something like that.”
It was Easter, and I was using the automobile that belonged to my mother to drive around the neighbourhood.
The celebrity claimed that he had stopped to talk to a friend when the friend inquired as to whether or not LL would like to meet his cousin, Simone.
At first, LL was uninterested in the proposition; but, after he had caught a glance of Simone, his attitude changed.
“I glanced over, and with a smile I responded, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll meet your cousin.'”
After dating for eight years, the couple finally decided to make their relationship official by being married on August 8, 1995.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Simone spilled the beans about the secret to her and her husband’s long-lasting union, saying,
“Putting God first, we both come from a spiritual background.” And a great deal of being willing to compromise.
Choosing your conflicts wisely and showing mutual respect.”
Simone Is A Cancer Survivor
Following the discovery of a knot in Simone’s leg in 2004, a biopsy revealed that she had advanced stage 3 chondrosarcoma.
Simone has been cancer-free for over 14 years now after undergoing a procedure that lasted for 15 hours,
going through a recuperation process that lasted for over two years, and having to relearn how to walk again.
And all the while, LL was right there at her side. LL once explained to Oprah that his committment by saying “You don’t abandon someone in that fox hole.
“You have to be there in that fox hole with them,” the commander instructed.
As sponsors of the “Beat Cancer Like a Boss” campaign, the pair now assists other people in their fight against the disease.
Beyonce and Rihanna are both big fans of the jewellery line designed by Simone.
After completing her treatment for cancer, Simone launched her own jewellery company.
After launching the clothing company Sister Love in collaboration with her close friend Mary J.
Blige, she went on to launch a different clothing line for Walmart titled “Simone I. Smith for Walmart.
Simone has worked with a number of famous people, including Beyonce, Cardi B, and Rihanna. What a formidable leader!
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She is the Delighted Mother Of Four Children
The wonderful offspring of Simone and LL’s four children make them very proud parents.
Their large family consists of a son named Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith, who is 32 years old,
and daughters named Italia and Three sisters named Smith, Anita Maria, age 31, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, age 26, and Nina Simone Smith, age 22.