LL Cool J, whose real name is Todd Smith, is married to Simone Smith. The rapper and Simone met on Easter Day in 1987, when he stopped his car to talk to a friend, whose cousin happened to be Simone. Her maiden name was Johnsen before the pair married on Aug. 7, 1995. The couple has a son named Najee and three daughters named Italia, Samaria and Nina.
Simone is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage III chondorosarcoma in 2004. She had a tumor in the tibia bone of her right leg, which had to be removed and replaced with the fibular bone from her left leg. The microvascular reconstructive surgery was successful, but it took her over two years to recover and learn to walk again.
Simone is also a jewelry designer and philanthropist, two roles she merged when she established the SIS by Simone I. Smith jewelry line, which is a charitable jewelry line. The line features the big hoop earrings that Simone frequently wears. A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, LL Cool J, Simone and their daughter Italia joined together in 2011 to host the Why Fashion Matters charity auction in Long Island.
Simone was born and raised in Queens, New York.