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LL Cool J and wife Simone Smith celebrate 23rd wedding anniversary 

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesLL Cool J's wife Simone Smith paid tribute to her husband as they celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary this week. 

“Happy 23 Baby!!! I’ll be your Candy Girl Forever,” Simone wrote on Instagram with a throwback photo of the couple several years ago on a red carpet, with both of them flaunting thick rope gold chains.

LL dedicated his song “Candy” from his 1998 Phenomenon album to Simone, and she quoted the chorus, “You will always be my candy/One day we will start a family/You will always be a candy girl.”

True to the song, the couple did start a family and now have four children.

Niecy Nash from the Claws TV series also congratulated the couple with another throwback photo, featuring LL sporting his back-in- the-day signature red Kangol hat.

She commented, "Happy Anniversary! @llcoolj @sislovespurple 23 years! Still his around the way girl and I love you guys.”

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