When LeBron James shared his feelings on social media in November 2019 about long-time love, Savannah, it caused a sensation. You see, it put the cap on a love story that has lasted for years between the basketball king who was dubbed “The Chosen One” by Sports Illustrated, and his high-school sweetheart.
Of course, LeBron is a hugely talented basketball player and because of that a celebrity of the highest order. At the time of writing he’s still with the Los Angeles Lakers, having won the NBA Championship three times and taken out two Olympic golds during his entire career. But as well as a star, he’s a husband.
You see, Savannah’s been LeBron’s lady for a while now. And they first got together when they were both in high school, although she wasn’t all that keen back then. But she gave him a chance, and romance blossomed. Now, nearly two decades later, the pair are still together and very much in love.
LeBron James came into the world in 1984 in Akron, Ohio. At first, his mom Gloria largely brought him up on her own. However, aged nine, he moved in with local football coach Frank Walker, who gave him his first taste of basketball. By the time he’d gotten to fifth grade, LeBron was playing in a team.
Shocking some people in Akron, LeBron went to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, which was largely white. Soon the school’s team, The Fighting Irish, needed a bigger arena because so many people wanted to see him play. Among the many who flocked to see the burgeoning star were scouts, who enjoyed LeBron’s stellar performances.
Indeed, and in 2003’s NBA draft LeBron was the first player chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the nearest team to his hometown. And he immediately began to fulfill his hype, scoring 25 points on his debut. In fact, he would be voted Rookie of the Year in his first year and later become Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice.
However, in 2010 LeBron entered free agency and decided it was time to move on. And he made his choice of Miami Heat for his next team in a televised live show The Decision. The show made millions for charity, particularly for the Boys & Girls Club at Greenwich, Connecticut, which hosted the special.
So in July 2010 LeBron signed on the dotted line with the Heat, which put on a massive party to welcome him and two other free agent signings. But while he was exuberant about his move, the sentiment wasn’t shared by many. In fact, LeBron entered the 2010-11 season in the role of villain.
Now, a villain to outsiders LeBron might have been, but for the Heat he was a hero. You see, in 2012 he took them all the way to a ring, as he starred in the Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder. Then LeBron took out MVP, and he won it again in 2013 when the Heat backed up against the San Antonio Spurs.
However, in 2014 LeBron made a sentimental return to the Cavaliers, by then the worst team in the NBA. They didn’t stay bad for long, though, as the star inspired them to reach the Finals in 2015, although they couldn’t overcome the Golden State Warriors. And in 2016 the Cavaliers went one better, becoming the first champion in pro sports from Cleveland in a half-century.
Overall, LeBron had spent his career as the main man on the ball, with playmaking top among his many skills. And some believe him to be one of the NBA’s greatest-ever passers, having mastered an early tendency to pass when experts believed that he should shoot, particularly later in a game.
Of course, LeBron has been a star off the court too. Companies have lined up to have him endorse their goods, while he has gotten involved in business on his own account. With partner Maverick Carter, he owns film production concern, SpringHill Entertainment, which made the documentary More Than A Game. And in 2019 LeBron cheekily tried to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday,” but to no avail.
Alongside business, LeBron is also heavily involved in philanthropy. For him and wife Savannah, the focus is on education, particularly in hometown Akron. For instance, The LeBron James Family Foundation helps youngsters make the best of school. And in 2015 it linked up with the University of Akron to spend $41 million to send kids to college.
Indeed, and Savannah told fashion magazine Vogue in 2017 about the couple’s beliefs. She said, “If there’s nothing more you can do for a child, just constantly encourage them and set them on the right path when it comes to sports or their schoolwork or nurturing a hobby – with whatever it is. Just be a constant source of encouragement. That’s what LeBron talks about – never give up.”
Well, LeBron and Savannah, née Brinson, have been a team for a long time. You see, they met during high school, although they didn’t attend the same establishment. In fact, Savannah’s school was a couple of miles away from LeBron’s. So when she first saw him, she was clueless about who he was, despite his growing fame as a ballplayer.
Then, when LeBron saw Savannah at a football game, he desperately wanted to know her. So he got a friend to chase her number and invited her to watch him play a game. She was astonished by his talent, and as she told Harper’s Bazaar, “I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here.”
Little wonder that Savannah decided that she wanted to know more about the high-school superstar. Soon they were talking on the phone, and that led to a date. Yes, the pair dined at Outback Steakhouse. On the night, they just chatted about nothing special, but what came afterwards sealed their fate.
Indeed, after dropping Savannah home, LeBron noticed that she had forgotten her leftovers. But that wasn’t a problem – LeBron showed a penchant for gallantry by returning there to give the food to her. She’d later say, “I’d totally forgotten about them, and he brought them to me. I think he just wanted another excuse to come and see me.”
But perhaps, as some suggested, Savannah had purposely left the box behind. Well, if she did, the ploy worked, and the two became inseparable. And soon after, Savannah was pregnant with what would be their first child, LeBron Jr. That wasn’t ideal for a 17-year-old girl, but LeBron stood up for her. And a few years later she’d have another son, Bryce.
What’s more, the couple had been dating for roughly ten years when LeBron finally decided to make Savannah his wife. But it had been a foregone conclusion for some time – he’d just never asked. He told Oprah Winfrey, “I was like ‘this is the lady and the woman I have been with through all the good and all the bad. She’s been there for a long time’, and I wanted her to continue to be there with me, so I felt like at that moment it was time.”
So as the clock ticked over to 2012, LeBron knelt and popped the question. Unsurprisingly for a big earning player, he offered her quite a stunning ring to mark the engagement. You see, the platinum band showcased a huge diamond, creating old-school jewelry the likes of Us Weekly expert Michael O’Connor claimed hadn’t been seen in a half-century. And it’s thought to have set LeBron back a cool $300,000.
Before the big moment, though, LeBron asked friend Dwyane Wade to keep the ring so that Savannah didn’t rumble his plans. When he told Wade that the time had come, his fellow basketballer asked if he was certain. Humorously, LeBron responded along the lines of, “gimme the ring, or it might never happen!”
The nerves were certainly gripping LeBron, as he explained to Oprah,“It felt like a finals game.” But the time had come, he had decided. He added, “I had been thinking about it, you know, for a while but it just came to me one day and I was like ‘this is a part of growth for me.’” Given that they had a solid romance, Savannah was happy to say yes.
So in September 2013 LeBron and Savannah got hitched in a three-day bash in San Diego, California. However, they kept the wedding quiet, and it’s said that guests weren’t allowed to bring their cameras or phones. But one thing that we can be certain of, given LeBron’s reputation for enjoying a party, is that it was an extravaganza.
Even the invite to the celebration that LeBron sent out gave no clue as to where it was. In fact, guests had to call a provided number to get details about the location of the “Welcome Barbeque” or the “Farewell Brunch.” And Preston Bailey, a wedding planner to the stars, made sure that the occasion remained private, according to website The Sportster.
Even so, the actual wedding, held at the Fairmont Grand del Mar hotel in San Diego, had some stellar invitees. Of course, some were basketball people, such as Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. But perhaps topping them were Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who serenaded the guests with “Crazy in Love,” reported The Sportster.
Now that they’re married, the pair have the serious work of bringing up three kids. That’s a job LeBron has largely left Savannah in charge of. He told Vogue, “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.”
Indeed, when LeBron went to Miami to play for the Heat, Savannah stayed in Ohio. But that didn’t cause a problem because she completely trusted the basketball star. Her mom Jennifer explained that no one expected LeBron to get up to anything naughty while away. She said, “If LeBron was going to do something shady, he can do that around the corner. He doesn’t have to go to Miami.”
Additionally, Savannah had something to say about the outrage that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans expressed over Lebron switching to Miami. You see, some, including fans abroad, had taken to setting jerseys with his name on alight. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “You have fans and you think they’re going to roll with you no matter what, and then they burn your jersey? It’s unfair. But they did it. It’s over.”
Moving forward, and in 2014 the couple gave another sign of their togetherness in the form of daughter Zhuri. Lebron told newspaper USA Today what having a girl meant to him in 2018. He said, “Three years ago, this bright spot right here happened to our family. And not only did she change me, she’s made me a better person. A more dedicated person, a stronger person…I realised that I have so much more of a responsibility to women in general.”
What’s more, LeBron likes to make it clear to Savannah what she means to him. And her birthdays provide the perfect occasion. For instance, he put on a glamorous party for her 30th before topping the gesture with a new Ferrari. He wrote about it on social media, “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.”
Also, wedding anniversaries provided LeBron with the chance to show his love even more. You see, on their fifth anniversary he surprised Savannah in their own home. Unbelievably, singer Daniel Caesar put on a performance of his smash hit “Best Part” just for her. LeBron posted about it on Instagram, writing, “Happy Anniversary!!! Love you forever.”
So it turns out that LeBron’s a man who’s not scared to show his feelings. In fact, in 2016 he was in tears after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals. Although the internet wasn’t kind, dubbing him “crying LeBron,” the star had the perfect answer. Yes, he hit back, “Real men cry,” before pointing out that he even had a good weep during The Lion King.
Furthermore, one of the emotions that LeBron has expressed has been guilt, which led him to apologize to his wife. When she asked what he was sorry for, he said, “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… there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are – my babies are.”
So having painted this picture of a very sensitive man in love with his woman, we perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised by an outburst of worship on Facebook in November 2019. Still, it was a moment where LeBron’s admiration overflowed into a truly sentimental message to Savannah.
You see, LeBron wrote on Facebook, “The only reason why I can do what I do at the highest level both on and off the floor is because my best friend got my back regardless the outcome! I’m just the car, she’s the engine! Appreciate you Wonder Woman aka Queen @mrs_savannahrj.” And the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Indeed, and singer Chris GQ Perry perhaps caught the vibe best, when he posted in the comments’ section. Perry wrote, “When you have a good woman by your side who loves and supports you it’s truly a blessing my brother.” And Perry was just one of 99,000 people who reacted positively, as the post clocked up likes. Furthermore, 3,000 folk made comments, too.
But you see, it’s not the only time LeBron has expressed deep love and appreciation for Savannah online. For the 2019 post reflected what the superstar had had to say in 2013, when he was on his honeymoon. On that occasion, he shared with Instagram exactly how he felt about being married to Savannah.
Back then LeBron wrote, “When u have someone that’s always there for you no matter the ups and downs in life, it makes it all worth living for! So happy to call u Mrs. Savannah James.” After that, more than 200,000 people queued up to like the Instagram post.
And come summer 2019 LeBron again took to Instagram to share his feelings. Captioning a photo of Savannah, he wrote, “Some got no luck and some got all the luck in the world. I definitely got lucky with you that for sure!” Amazingly, that was a message that more than a million users liked.