If you consider yourself to be an NBA fan, then I'm pretty sure you recognize LeBron James' name. And even if you're not super into basketball, how can anyone forget about that time he left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat or his turn in Trainwreck? The 31-year-old sport star has had quite the impressive career, but you know where else he's been successful? His love life. And to boot, the story of how LeBron James and his wife Savannah Brinson met just makes everything that much more perfect. Trust me, it's a story you want to hear and one that will you get in the mood for a Nicholas Sparks movie in a matter of minutes.
Like many couples James and Brinson were highschool sweethearts and grew up in the same Ohio neighborhood. However, they did not attend the same high school and she was one year behind him. But to add to the drama, Brinson actually went to a rival school. While chatting with Harper's Bazaar in August 2010, Brinson opened up about meeting her now-husband at age 16. "I had no idea who he was," she said.
One day, James saw her at a football game and invited her — wait for it — to a basketball game. Of course he did. "I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here." Eventually, they went on their first date at an Outback Steakhouse. "But I knew he loved me when I left my leftovers from dinner in his car," she said about the date. "I'd totally forgotten about them, and he brought them to me. I think he just wanted another excuse to come and see me."
While in high school, Brinson became pregnant with their first child, a son named LeBron Jr., who is now 8 years old. Three years later they had another son, Bryce, who is 5 years old. Before getting engaged and married, they dated, but remained committed to one another. It wasn't until January 2012 that James proposed to Brinson on New Year's Eve. Then, in September 2013, they officially tied the knot.
Clearly, they are meant to be, as Brinson told Harper's Bazaar, "I just love him so much. We're soul mates." Even James seems to agree. In the same profile, he referred to his wife as "a great sidekick and a person you can rely on no matter the circumstances."
See why their relationship sounds like something Sparks would write? Basically, they're kind of like Allie and Noah from The Notebook, but better, because this is real life. Who doesn't love a good romance and a couple to admire?
Yeah, they make a perfect pair.