LL Cool J talks about marriage and raising children

LL Cool J has been married to Simone for over 20 years, and the actor claims this wouldn’t be possible if he hadn’t “scared her” into accepting his proposal.

The NCIS star was driving his sports car when he popped the question and accelerated to dangerous speeds until she finally accepted.

When asked for details leading to his marriage, he told Extra: “I just sped in my Porsche till she said yes. I wouldn’t slow down. I’m serious. I’m telling the truth.”

The 48-year-old had previously opened up about his extravagant lifestyle due to a successful career that started in his teenage years.

He shared: “When I started out I bought my mother a house and had 10 or 12 cars – BMWs, Benzes, Porsches.”

However, he insists those days are now behind him as he prefers a more modest life.

“The luxury I have in my life now is I can buy all the books I want and I can always have brand new trainers on. I remember going to school and having books that were already written in and had pages missing.”

While the star isn’t shy about his love of money, he insists it is not the most important thing in his life: “My thing isn’t money. Don’t get me wrong. I want £10 million right now, today. I’ll take it. But that’s not my sales pitch. I’m not trying to show people how rich I am. But I do like diamonds and nice things.”

He also talked about the importance of not spoiling his kids in an effort to teach them about hard, honest work.

“I teach them to be grateful and I don’t spoil them. They have things but they won’t ever have everything. I won’t ever overdo it … There has to be something in their lives to strive for and they have to learn the value of creativity.”

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