Last week, NBA superstar and four-time MVP LeBron James celebrated his fifth wedding anniversary with his wife, Savannah Brinson. We all know Le Bron doesn't shy away from expressing his love for his betrothed, regularly calling her “his queen” (fitting considering the man is nicknamed 'King James') on social media, and often showering praise on her for being an awesome wife and mother.
In a recent cover story by The Hollywood Reporter, James got candid as he spoke about Savannah, who was once his high school sweetheart, and how he wouldn’t be the man he is today without her.
“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'," referencing a line from the 2012 song 'Stay Schemin’ by Drake.
"But in all actuality, Savannah was with me shooting in the gym when I [had] absolutely nothing,” King James added.
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 THR in the new cover interview that his decision to reference Drake’s lyric had nothing to do with Bryant — it was just a fitting way to describe his enduring bond with his wife.
“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.”
"And she was there with me. You wouldn’t be talking to me right now if it weren’t for her,” he told the outlet.
Le Bron and Savannah -- who share sons LeBron Jr., 13, and Bryce, 11, as well as 3-year-old daughter Zhuri -- might have been married for only five years, but things go way further back than that.
In an Instagram post celebrating his five year anniversary with Savannah, James wrote: “In all actuality going on 18 years. Happy Anniversary Queen.”
“Love you all the way through the 25th hour in life!” he added, alongside a series of sweet photos, including one of the NBA star hitting the dancefloor with Savannah as Travis Scott took the mic in the background. Check out some of the snaps below: