LL Cool J, 56, is 'grateful' for his four children and three grandchildren now that he's an empty nester: 'They have to go after their dreams'

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LL Cool J and his woman of 28 years Simone I. Smith officially became quiet nesters pursuing nan May 13th graduation of nan youngest of their 4 children - 23-year-old girl Nina Simone Smith - from Berklee College of Music successful Boston.

'You're put connected this satellite to maximize your potential,' nan 56-year-old rap fable told People on Tuesday.

'And truthful my life isn't defined by nan truth that my kids graduated college, which I'm very happy for them. They person to spell aft their dreams, and I person to proceed to spell aft excavation and make judge that I'm fulfilling my intent connected this planet.'

LL (born James Todd Smith) continued: 'I must spell aft what's successful my tone aliases what I'm inspired to spell after. And truthful that's really I attack life. You cognize what I mean? So that ne'er changed. That doesn't change, whether nan kids were successful schoolhouse aliases retired of school.'

The two-time Grammy winner's 28-year-old girl Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith owns her self-titled denim institution aft graduating from nan Fashion Institute of Technology successful New York.

LL Cool J and his woman of 28 years Simone I. Smith (L) officially became quiet nesters pursuing nan May 13th graduation of nan youngest of their 4 children - 23-year-old girl Nina Simone Smith (M) - from Berklee College of Music successful Boston

The 56-year-old rap fable (pictured November 8) told People connected Tuesday: 'You're put connected this satellite to maximize your potential. And truthful my life isn't defined by nan truth that my kids graduated college, which I'm very happy for them. They person to spell aft their dreams, and I person to proceed to spell aft excavation and make judge that I'm fulfilling my intent connected this planet'

LL's 34-year-old boy Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith useful for his hip-hop statement Rock nan Bells and its 'The F.O.R.C.E. Live' circuit merchandise.

And acknowledgment to his 33-year-old girl Italia Anita Maria Smith-Cardinez and her hubby Lamar Cardinez, nan autochthonal New Yorker is now a grandfather to their boy King, 5; girl Faith, 3; and babe daughter, 4 months.

Italia useful for Keller Williams Realty, Inc. aft graduating from Northeastern University successful 2014 and obtaining her commercialized existent property certificate from Cornell University successful 2020.

'I emotion them, and I'm happy for them, and I want to beryllium supportive of them successful each way, but it's important to maine that I ever spell aft my dreams,' LL said.

'I don't deliberation we should miss retired connected our ain dreams. Know what I'm saying? So I'm conscionable going to proceed to live. And I'm thankful. You cognize what I'm saying? I'm grateful and I emotion them.'

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer primitively met his 53-year-old jewelry-designing woman successful 1987 erstwhile he was 19 and she was 17 while increasing up successful Queens.

In 2017, LL said astir instilling a beardown activity ethic successful his offspring, because he's 'a blue-collar feline astatine nan extremity of nan day.'

'I'm not going to raise spoiled kids that conscionable don't cognize what nan existent world is like, who deliberation they don't person to do thing to contribute,' nan four-time Emmy nominee told Oprah's Master Class.

LL's 28-year-old girl Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith (R, pictured successful 2023) owns her self-titled denim institution aft graduating from nan Fashion Institute of Technology successful New York

The two-time Grammy winner's 34-year-old boy Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith (R, pictured September 29) useful for his hip-hop statement Rock nan Bells and its 'The F.O.R.C.E. Live' circuit merchandise

And acknowledgment to his 33-year-old girl Italia Anita Maria Smith-Cardinez and her hubby Lamar Cardinez, LL is now a grandfather to their boy King, 5; girl Faith, 3; and babe daughter, 4 months (pictured January 1)

Italia (2-R, pictured successful 2022) useful for Keller Williams Realty, Inc. aft graduating from Northeastern University successful 2014 and obtaining her commercialized existent property certificate from Cornell University successful 2020

The autochthonal New Yorker said: 'I emotion them, and I'm happy for them, and I want to beryllium supportive of them successful each way, but it's important to maine that I ever spell aft my dreams. I don't deliberation we should miss retired connected our ain dreams. Know what I'm saying? So I'm conscionable going to proceed to live. And I'm thankful. You cognize what I'm saying? I'm grateful and I emotion them' (pictured November 3)

LL originally met his 53-year-old jewelry-designing woman (L) successful 1987 erstwhile he was 19 and she was 17 while increasing up successful Queens

The four-time Emmy nominee reprised his domiciled arsenic NCIS Senior Field Agent Sam Hanna successful nan 3rd play premiere of NCIS spin-off Hawai'i - titled 'Run and Gun' - which aired Monday nighttime connected CBS

On Super Bowl Sunday, LL played nan conductor of a magical 'chill' train, who enters a suburban location for illustration nan Kool-Aid man, successful a Coors Light commercial

The Doin' It hitmaker has only released 2 singles - The Hustler and You Already - since his 13th workplace medium Authentic backmost successful 2013, but he still amasses 3.4M monthly listeners connected Spotify (pictured November 16)

'I conscionable effort to lead by example, promote them [and] make judge that they cognize they tin do thing that they put their minds to.'

LL reprised his domiciled arsenic NCIS Senior Field Agent Sam Hanna successful nan 3rd play premiere of NCIS spin-off Hawai'i - titled 'Run and Gun' - which aired Monday nighttime connected CBS.

The Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop producer's ain spin-off bid NCIS: Los Angeles concluded connected May 21 aft conscionable 2 seasons.

On Super Bowl Sunday, LL played nan conductor of a magical 'chill' train, who enters a suburban location for illustration nan Kool-Aid man, successful a Coors Light commercial.

The one-minute and 30-second advert costs nan Canadian-American brew marque an eye-popping $21M to aerial during nan CBS' telecast of Super Bowl LVIII.

The Doin' It hitmaker has only released 2 singles - The Hustler and You Already - since his 13th workplace medium Authentic backmost successful 2013, but he still amasses 3.4M monthly listeners connected Spotify.