Rapper and actor LL Cool J and his wife, Simone Smith, are marriage veterans, and this week they’re celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary. On Instagram, Smith, a jewelry designer, dedicated a sweet message to her husband with a caption that’s so sweet and fitting that you’ll want to grab a tissue. “Happy 23 Baby!!! Iโ€™ll be your Candy Girl Forever,” she wrote. In 1998, the rapper dedicated the song “Candy” from his studio album, Phenomenon,to his loving wife, and it’s still her jam. The hashtags said it all: “#Myfavoritesong #blacklove #loveis #godisgreat #1987”

Happy 23 Baby!!! Iโ€™ll be your Candy Girl Forever ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ #Myfavoritesong #blacklove #loveis #godisgreat #1987 โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” [Verse:2 LL Cool J] While you sucked caramel apple lollipops Rain sleet or snow I'm troopin' up the murdock We used to walk down the block hold hands I would get you after school 'cause I was your man And any guys that want to socialize Just know that I'm a flip on any cat that tries My peeps used to say I was whipped All your girls said since you got with him you flipped But uh they couldn't feel the feelings we felt Mirrors on the ceiling we melt I would look up at ya I remember The afternoon you surrendered We made love the temperature was high as could be You said "Todd promise you ain't lyin' to me" And as we went our separate ways you turned back Smiled, I remember all that โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” [Chorus: Ralph Tresvant & Ricky Bell] You will always be my candy One day we will start a family You will always be my candy girl (You'll be my candy girl forever) You will always be my candy Want your love girl, understand me You will always be my candy girl Candy girl You are my world Look so sweet You're a special treat Candy girl All I want to say I need your love Each and every day

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LL, born James Todd Smith, and Simone met in the early 80s. They were teenagers who were set up by a friend.ย  The couple married in 1995 and have four children together and are proud grandparents to a grandson, King-James. Over the years, The Smiths have been through their share of ups and downs. In 2004, Simone found a lump on her leg and was diagnosed with boneย cancer. During her battle, LL was her biggest supporter and the experience, Simone said, definitely brought them closer. “You don’t abandon someone in that foxhole, you know,” the actor and rapper revealed during a sit-down with Oprah. “You got to be there in that foxhole with them. So I made some decisions professionally and decided to be by Simone’s side during that period.” In honor of their anniversary, the happy couple received many wishes of love from their daughters, Italia, Samaria, and Nina as well as good friend, Niecyย Nash.   Happy anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Smith!


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