Their romance is a classic love story, a dream come true for most couples and a real-life Nicholas Sparks creation. Think “The Notebook,” two people meet at a young age, have their own rivaling issues, overtime they work things out and live happily ever after. For LeBron James and Savannah Brinson-James, things might not be at the happily ever after point just yet, but they are very close to that.
You know all about LeBron, I’m sure. He’s one of the greatest players in the NBA of all time, has multiple NBA championships under his belt and has two Olympic Gold Medals. It’s true, he is pretty awesome. One of his life’s greatest achievements, though, comes not on the basketball court but in his love life. In what should come as no surprise, Savannah is just as amazing as King James. She works hard as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, all while raising three wonderful children, keeping her family’s private life private, and helping LeBron keep his head straight during the tough times.
These two have been together for nearly 16 years and have been married for six. They’ve stood by each other through some of life’s biggest changes and the devastating cheating scandals involving LeBron. How did these two incredible people meet in the first place and what do they do to keep their marriage whole? As we delve through their deepest secrets, we present 15 fun and interesting things you probably didn’t know about LeBron James and his beautiful wife, Savannah.
15 High School Sweethearts
LeBron James first met Savannah Brinson while they were attending high school in Akron, Ohio. However, Savannah’s high school was about two miles away from LeBron’s school and their schools were major rivals in the town.
The couple grew up in the same neighbourhood but didn’t meet until Savannah was a 16-years-old high school sophomore and LeBron a 17-year-old junior.
LeBron was a high school basketball superstar at the private Catholic school, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Savannah says she had no idea who LeBron was when she met him at a football game. At her school, Savannah was a softball player and a cheerleader. When LeBron spotted her, he knew he had to get to know her. A mutual friend helped LeBron get his phone number to Savannah and when she finally called him (out of boredom), he invited her to attend one of his basketball games. At the game, she was surprised to see how truly skilled LeBron was. During his high school career, LeBron was praised as one of the greatest high school basketball players in America. During an interview with Harper’s BAZAAR, Savannah expressed, “I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here.”
14 First Date Jitters
After attending one of LeBron’s basketball games, Savannah was immediately impressed and wanted to get to know him better. The two bonded over their athletic abilities and life motivations. After a few phone calls, they had their official first date. The budding couple had dinner at the local Outback Steakhouse. Savannah described their dinner conversation as just “basic,” and that it was what happened after the dinner that locked her into the relationship.
After taking her home, LeBron realized Savannah left her leftovers in his car. So, like a good gentleman, LeBron went back to her house to deliver the leftovers. After all, Outback isn’t exactly the cheapest dinner date. Savannah describes this as the moment she knew LeBron loved her. “I'd totally forgotten about them, and he brought them to me. I think he just wanted another excuse to come and see me.” Another speculation, though, could be that Savannah actually left her box on purpose, just so LeBron would come back. Either way, their relationship started really heating up after the first date and they soon became inseparable. In her interview with Harper’s BAZAAR, she stated, “I just thought he'd be a hometown hero for his era and it would be over.” Nope…
13 Teen Mom
LeBron and Savannah were living on top of the world, high off LeBron’s local sport’s stardom. Just a couple of years after they started dating, LeBron was drafted into the NBA in 2003, as the first overall pick. At this time, Savannah, now a senior in high school, received one of life’s biggest bombshells. How could she top LeBron’s fantastic achievement? Well, she discovered she was pregnant with LeBron’s baby at just 17-years-old. Terrified, Savannah had no idea what to tell her parents and what LeBron would do since his career was just starting. LeBron wasn’t mad, though, he comforted her and encouraged her that life was not over for them just because she became pregnant.
He declared, “It’s not going to slow me down, and it’s not going to slow you down. We’re going to keep doing what we have to do.” Savannah received a lot of backlash over the pregnancy. Getting rid of the child was never an option for her, and people around town started saying she got herself pregnant on purpose to trap, rising star, LeBron into the relationship forever. That was definitely not her intentions, though, because who wants to be five-months pregnant at their senior prom?
12 Will You Marry Me?
It took LeBron James about a decade since he and Savannah first started dating to propose to her. Through a couple of pregnancies and a lot of drama, they stuck together, though. Before he proposed to her, it was always a question of when is it going to happen? But there was never really any doubt that one day he would marry Savannah Brinson. She always said he’d do it when he was ready, and she wasn’t going to try to rush him into anything he wasn’t ready for. Her biggest pet peeve was being referred to as LeBron’s baby momma just because she didn’t have that special ring.
The wait was finally over on January 1, 2012, at a New Year’s Eve party, where a very nervous LeBron got down on one knee and asked Savannah to be his wife.
Of course, she said yes. LeBron knew it was at last time to make Savannah his bride. As he grew, he came to the realization that she had been the woman by his side, completely there for him through the good and the bad times, and he wanted her to keep being there with him for the rest of their lives.
11 Stunning Diamond
The ring LeBron proposed to Savannah with is utterly impressive and striking. The magnificent platinum ring features a 7-carat pear-shaped diamond at its center with “classic tapered baguette sides.” According to jewelry expert Michael O’Connor for US Weekly, this style of ring hasn’t really been seen since the love affair of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The ring is estimated to have cost around $300,000!
To keep such an important ring safe during the night, doubling as a New Year’s Eve party and his 27th birthday party, LeBron had his buddy and fellow NBA player Dwyane Wade hold onto the ring until he was ready to pop the question. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, LeBron explained he didn’t want Savannah accidentally bumping up against the ring’s box during the night and ruining the proposal. To prepare for the moment, LeBron talked it out with Wade and Chris Bosh, another NBA player. When LeBron was ready to retrieve the ring from Wade, Wade joked and asked if he was sure. LeBron admitted if he didn’t give him the ring in that moment to do it, he might never do it. LeBron got himself a very pretty fiancé that stunning night.
10 Time To Get Wild
Savannah Brinson celebrated her last days as a “single woman” in Las Vegas with a group of her closest girlfriends, including NBA star Chris Paul’s wife Jada. For the most part, Savannah kept things pretty low-key and dressed very casually. She was seen on multiple occasions representing her future husband’s newest team, the Miami Heat. However, there are always surprises at bachelorette parties. It’s not complete without a few mistakes and embarrassing moment, right?
Several photos of the event were shared over social media, and it may not have been as calm as Savannah wanted. There were literally huge crowds throwing confetti holding up a sign that read, “Queen James.” Her four-tiered celebratory cake stated, “Goodbye Single Life, I’m gonna be LeBron’s Wife,” and was carried out by two buff men. After relaxing by the pool and drinking some champagne, the 26-year-old bride-to-be was seen dancing on tables shaking what her momma gave her. As her party was held during the Fourth of July weekend, it was only right that she stop to take some pictures with an older man dressed up in an American flag dress suit. The private gift opening definitely included some intimate apparel and lots of giggles.
9 The Big Day
After winning the 2012 NBA Championships with Miami Heat, LeBron James admitted the wedding may not have happened if they didn’t win. He said a heartbroken him may have called off the whole thing. Thankfully, for basically everyone, he won, and the amazing wedding occurred. On September 14, 2013, LeBron James married Savannah Brinson in front of a ton of incredible guests. Inside details of the wedding were kept extremely exclusive, and rumor has it no one attending the wedding was allowed to bring cell phones or cameras.
Based on the stunning ring LeBron used to propose with, though, we can only guess the wedding was just as beautiful.
LeBron is one known for doing things up real big and his wedding day was definitely no exception. They held a three-day gathering in San Diego, California. The official invitation, acquired by TMZ, had no details about the actual location of anything. It had a “Welcome Barbeque” and a “Farewell Brunch,” planned but listed a phone number to receive any further information. It was very important to the couple that everything be kept very private. Celebrity wedding planner, Preston Bailey was in charge of making sure the wedding was everything the couple dreamed.
8 Crazy In Love
LeBron and Savannah’s wedding, at San Diego’s Grand Del Mar hotel, included some rather spectacular guests, including his fellow basketball players Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh with their romantic partners Gabriel Union, La La Anthony, and Adrienne Bosh. LeBron reportedly did not want anything to do with a really large ceremony or reception with thousands of guests, so the couple kept the guest list tight with only around 200 people.
The guest list was full of stars, but even they were not prepared for the surprising musical guest performance. According to an inside source for US Weekly, Beyonce and Jay Z took the stage with a full band to perform a special version of their 2003 hit song, “Crazy in Love.” Beyonce flew in all the way from Brazil for the warming occasion. LeBron and Jay Z are really great friends and hang out all the time. Beyonce is also a huge LeBron fan, and attends a lot of his games. There was a brief period where fans speculated that Queen Bey had a romantic interest in LeBron; the internet even took to mocking Jay Z, calling him the third wheel in the relationship. Despite critics’ opinions, everything was strictly platonic.
7 A Love For Charity
Both Savannah and LeBron grew up extremely grounded, and even though they now live on top of the world, they still dedicate a lot of their time to charitable efforts. LeBron founded The LeBron James Family Foundation to help children reach their goals in life. Their mission is to not only affect the lives of children and young adults through education, but to also influence them to live a healthy and active lifestyle. LeBron loves giving back to his hometown, Akron, Ohio, in huge ways. In 2015, LeBron’s foundation, partnered with the University of Akron, planned to spend $41 million to send kids to college.
Savannah also has her hand in philanthropy. Through The LeBron James Family Foundation, she launched her own mentorship program to guide young women through life’s toughest times. Savannah holds the I PROMise Event to provide young women with prom dresses and encouragement when they might have otherwise gone without. She takes from her own life experiences to assist girls in similar situations. On the foundation’s website, she warmly exclaims, “To see the girls’ faces light up with excitement and confidence is what fuels my passion. That is the reason I’m here. They are my purpose.”
6 A Big Difference
Savannah Brinson-James comes in at 5-foot, 7-inches. Of course, she is not the shortest NBA WAG by far, she does come in way shorter than LeBron. He is over a foot taller at 6-foot, 8-inches. Lucky for Savannah, she can wear heels whenever she wants. And shoes are one of her biggest weaknesses. In an interview with Harper’s BAZAAR, she stated, “I’m five foot seven and I have a tall guy, so I like a good heel. I don't want to look like a shrimp standing next to him.” Though she likes a good high heel, King James is the more fashionable of the two. He’s even been called the King of NBA style.
Savannah likes to keep her style choices focused on furniture. She’s designed her own children’s furniture line with LeBron’s help called Home Court by LeBron James with American Signature. The couple felt really connected to the furniture line from raising their own children. Savannah was largely in charge of all the designing aspects, and together, they produced a ton of cute pieces that both parents and kids would love. They also used their furniture line to donate funds and help remodel a Miami Boys and Girls Club.
5 Happy Birthday
LeBron loves to spoil Savannah and show her exactly how much he loves her and appreciates everything she does for him and their family. For Savannah’s previous birthdays, he went all out with carnival themes, featuring sword swallowers and circus freaks. For her 30th birthday, James threw her another spectacular themed party and gifted her with an unbelievable and gorgeous, brand new white Ferrari. LeBron shared snapshots of the great Ferrari Testarossa with a bright, red gift bow on top to celebrate her day on social media. In the photo’s captions he wrote, “Took me a long time to find your masterpiece but I wouldn't stop until I did and now I can't wait to watch u cruise off into the sunset on the PCH. Happy Bday Queen!! #V30Noir.”
Savannah was ecstatic with her amazing gift.
She shared how awesome the car was and joked that it would be even more awesome when she can actually drive. She admitted she didn’t know how to drive a manual at the time of her birthday party but dedicated herself to learning so she could drive her beautiful car. “By this Spring  it’ll be on and poppin’ in my Ferrari.”
4 Big Happy Family
When Savannah was just 17-years-old, she became pregnant with her and LeBron’s first son, LeBron James, Jr. He is now 13-years-old and well on his way to becoming the next greatest NBA superstar. Sports journalists and college scouts all over the country have already been watching Jr. since before he even reached middle school, just because of who his father is. Highlight reels of Jr. doing some pretty incredible things with a basketball started getting shared all over the internet. Early on, LeBron Sr. didn’t want to put any pressure on Jr., he just wanted him to have fun with the game. But now, as Jr. gets older, LeBron Sr. is sharing his greatest basketball secrets with him.
In addition to LeBron James, Jr., Savannah and LeBron have another son named Bryce Maximus James who is ten-years-old, and a daughter named Zhuri James, who is three-years-old. LeBron and Savannah are two lucky parents, as all three of there kids appear to be doing wonderful in life and have their own mini fanbase. Zhuri Nova is arguably the most-spoiled of the bunch. In one of their cutest moments, Zhuri sends LeBron on a mission for candy during one of his basketball games.
3 Boss Momma
When it comes raising their three children, LeBron James has handed the pants over to Savannah. In an interview with Vogue, LeBron states, “I'm gone a lot, so she is the boss of the household; she's the rule-setter. It's hard for me to go on the road for two and half weeks and then come home and tell my kids, 'Look, this is how it should be done' when she's been home every day." When LeBron was traded to the Miami Heat and moved to Florida, Savannah chose to stay for the most part in Ohio. She once exclaimed that Ohio will always be home. Savannah and the kids often went to visit LeBron in Miami, but she didn’t want to completely uproot the children from their school and friends. She admitted that Miami was not her favorite place to live.
At no point was Savannah sketchy about LeBron moving to a completely new state. She trusts him 100 percent and didn’t think he would ever cheat on her. Savannah’s mother, Jennifer Brinson, agreed with Savannah on the topic and stated, “If LeBron was going to do something shady, he can do that around the corner. He doesn't have to go to Miami.”
2 Crying LeBron
It’s no secret that LeBron James is a pretty emotional man when it comes to basketball and his family. In 2016, he openly cried full on tears after helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first-ever NBA Championship. During that game, he was unanimously voted as MVP, and he could no longer hold back the tears. Immediately, the internet pounced and a ton of “crying LeBron” memes were everywhere. In discussing his real emotions, LeBron declared, “Real men cry,” and went on to announce he cries when watching The Lion King and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s sadder episodes.
In feeling guilty for everything he’s put his family through during his journey to success, he apologized to Savannah. A confused Savannah asked him what it was he was apologizing for. To which he replied, “Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game… I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are - my babies are.”
1 Work Hard, Play Hard
In addition to his multimillion dollar NBA contracts, LeBron James has also accumulated several major endorsement deals. According to Forbes, LeBron was expected to make a whopping $86 million in just 2017. His total net worth is believed to be $400 million. Savannah has also brought a large amount of money into the household through her own businesses and public appearances. The couple just recently purchased a $23 million mansion as a second home in Brentwood, CA.
Despite their unimaginable earnings, both Savannah and LeBron continuously give back to their community and work hard to instil financial morals in all their children. From a young age, LeBron learned how to save money effectively. Growing up, he and his mom didn’t have a lot of money to throw around, but this helped shaped him into who he is today. Savannah and LeBron recognize their children are starting life off at the top, rather than the bottom that they experienced. LeBron states, “I just listen to my head and I end up saying, ‘No, I don't need it. For what? I got everything I can want and more. There's nothing more that I can give myself that would make me happier than I am right now.’”