We all know superstar NBA player LeBron James loves his wife, Savannah.
He regularly calls her “his queen” on social media, and he continually gives his better half props for being an awesome wife and mother. But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James admitted he wouldn’t be the man he is today without Savannah.
“We have been down since high school,” he said at Harlem’s Fashion Row gala earlier this month. “I listen to a lot of rap music, and a good friend of mine said, ‘You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym. But in all actuality, Savannah was with me shooting in the gym when I [had] absolutely nothing.”
While some saw James’ comments as a sly jab at Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa — the subject of the original Drake line — James told The Hollywood Reporter he merely wanted to explain that Savannah has had his back since the beginning.
“I do know that when [Drake] said it, it was about Kobe Bryant, but Kobe Bryant wasn’t even in my thoughts,” James explained. “[Savannah] was down when I was at my high school, no cameras, no lights.”
NBA superstar LeBron James met his wife Savannah when they were in high school when she was just 16 years old. Now the two are proud parents of three children--Bronny Jr., Bryce and Zhuri--and tied the knot in 2013 after a New Year's Eve proposal in 2012.
Many high-profile men shout out their spouses, but the future NBA Hall of Famer took it a step further. “She was there with me,” he added. “You wouldn’t be talking to me right now if it weren’t for her.”
As James prepares for his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 33-year-old star has also been quietly taking over Hollywood.
He first dipped his toe into the TV waters back in 2014 with the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, but this summer James — and his Springhill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter — have been making some serious moves. He’s sold a series based on Lean On Me to the CW, a pair of projects to NBC, and a Netflix series on the life of Madam C.J. Walker in production at Netflix.
King James is definitely here to conquer Hollywood, and with Queen Savannah by his side holding him down, it looks like he’ll do just that.