LL Cool J’s on Oprah’s Next Chapter – Oprah Winfrey Network

Before he was hip-hop legend LL Cool J, he was a boy from Queens, New York, named James Todd Smith. Watch as LL opens up to Oprah about the darkest days of his childhood and the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother’s friend.

On August 22, 2012, sometime after 1 a.m., an unarmed intruder broke into LL Cool J’s home. According to police reports, the man entered through their family room while LL, his wife and two of his daughters were asleep upstairs. Watch as LL tells Oprah why he thanks God that he was home that night.

When LL Cool J was 4 years old, his father shot his mother and grandfather. Now, LL explains how he—and his mother—learned to forgive. Plus, LL shares what his father’s mistakes taught him about mercy.

LL Cool J and his wife, Simone, met when they were just teenagers, and after dating on and off for almost a decade, they got married. Watch as Simone tells Oprah how shared spiritual beliefs, compromise and mutual respect help make their marriage work. Plus, Simone reveals why she dislikes the music video for her husband’s hit song “Doin’ It.”

Watch Oprah’s interview with LL Cool J on Sunday, January 27, at 9/8c.

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