LL Cool J is the latest music star to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for her OWN network show Oprah's Next Chapter. In a preview of the episode, Oprah joins LL at his Los Angeles home, where he opens up about his career, his marriage and his abusive childhood.
In one clip, LL says that a friend of his mother's beat him "with vacuum cleaner pipes." He says that as a child, he was ordered to strip naked and put his hands on a bunkbed, while he was beaten. "When you fall, 'Get back up! Stand up," LL recalls.
As a father, LL has gone a very different route. His children describe him as a constant motivator, who tells them "every five minutes" that they can do anything they set their minds to.
And for the first time, LL speaks in-depth about his run-in with an intruder at his family's home. "When I walked downstairs, what I saw was this guy coming at me...," LL recalls to Oprah. The story made headlines last year after it was learned that LL, who plays a special agent on NCIS: Los Angeles, roughed up the suspect, who was left with a broken nose, jaw and ribs.
LL's wife, Simone, also joins the discussion. The couple talk about what they've done to make their marriage work, and Simone shares why she was not happy with LL's music video for his 1996 hit "Doin' It."
Simone distinctly remembers the clip, which features a woman who licks LL on the face. "I just remember we came home from our honeymoon, and Todd pops the video in, and I'm like, 'What the hell is this?'"
LL's appearance on Oprah's Next Chapter will air Sunday at 9 p.m. E.T.
LL is working on his 13th studio album, Authentic Hip-Hop, which is slated for release later this year. The disc includes LL's latest single "Take It," featuring Joe.
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