LL Cool J & Wife Simone Smith Celebrate 22 Years: “We Celebrate Life”
LL Cool J has been in the entertainment music business since 1984 with a string of hits, awards, movies, TV shows and more under his belt. Many people can recite some of his lyrics and lines, but most don’t know much about the wife of famed rapper/actor LL Cool J, Simone Smith. With the launch of her jewelry line called SIS (Simone I. Smith) Jewelry, this mother of four is an entrepreneur and celebrating her 22nd wedding anniversary.
She’s also celebrating another very important anniversary.
In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called chondorosarcoma. After her stage III diagnosis, the family, especially Mr. LL himself, stopped everything in order to be with her and to assist her on the road to recovery.
In her own words, Simone says, “I was absolutely devastated. I probably cried for about 10 days on and off because I didn’t believe this is happening to me.”
“I have a piece of jewelry, that when it’s purchased, proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. The reason why I did that is because back in 2004, I had a very invasive surgery done because they found a chondrosarcoma tumor in my tibia bone. So I had an invasive surgery called microvasuclar reconstructive surgery, and they had to remove my whole tibia bone and replace it with my fibular bone from my left leg. It took me almost 2 1/2 years to learn how to walk again. “
“I fought through it, so I was a little depressed for like about two weeks but my grandmother called me up and told me, ‘you better not be depressed and get prayed up for those doctors who are doing this surgery on you and you’re gonna beat this.’ So I prayed to God and since then my test results have been great.”
Simone takes a look back on her life and how she first met Mr. “Ladies-Love-Cool-James.”
“I was just 19, something like that,” he told Kimmel. “It was Easter and I was driving down the block in my mother’s car.” According to LL Cool J, he stopped to say hello to the friend, and the friend said, “Hey, you wanna meet my cousin?” Apparently, LL Cool J was about to decline when he saw Smith. He recalled, “I looked over and said ‘Oh yeah, I’ll meet your cousin.'” The rest is history.