You know what they say: behind every great man there is a great woman. And if that is true, then Savannah is definitely the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time – just like her husband LeBron James. Savannah’s been with James through thick and thin, even before he became one of the most celebrated basketball players of all time. But who is she exactly, and what’s her story?
Get to know Savannah James, LeBron James’ wife, high school sweetheart, and the mother of his three children.
What Is Savannah James’ Maiden Name?
Savannah James was known as Savannah Brinson before she got married to NBA legend LeBron James.
How Old Is Savannah James?
The youngest of five children, Savannah was born on August 27, 1986 to Jennifer and JK Brinson. Savannah is currently 32 years of age.
How Tall Is Savannah James?
Savannah’s height is 1.7m or 5 feet and 7 inches.
Where Is Savannah James From?
Both Savannah and her husband James were born and raised in Akron, Ohio.
What Does Savannah James Do?
Besides supporting LeBron and cheering him on from the sidelines, Savannah James is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has her own line of furniture with American Signature called Home Court. She was also the owner of a Florida juice business called The Juice Shop, although she had to close it down in 2016 after her husband moved back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Savannah is also known for her charitable contributions. Under the LeBron James Family Foundation, Savannah started the I PROMise Makeover Event, giving underprivileged teens access to prom dresses, makeup, and tips so that they can enjoy one of the biggest milestones of their young lives.
She also launched Women of Our Future, which provides counselling and support to young girls in her alma mater, Buchtel Community Learning Center. In a press release about the mentorship program, Savannah said, “I wanted to start the Women of Our Future program because I know the struggles and pressures a lot of these young women are facing these tough high school years, and I want them to know they are supported every step of the way.”
Where Does Savannah James Live?
If LeBron James is the self-professed king, then Savannah is undoubtedly the queen. The two live like royals in their Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles. James bought the 8-bed, 11-bath house in 2017 for a cool $USD 23-million ($AUD 33.1-million). He also owns another mansion in the same neighbourhood which he bought for $USD 21-million ($AUD 30.2-million) in 2015.
Previously, the Jameses lived in a $USD 9-million ($AUD 13-million) Florida home in Coconut Grove overlooking Biscayne Bay. He sold it in 2015 for $USD 13.4-million ($AUD 19.3-million).
How Did Savannah James And LeBron James Meet?
Savannah and LeBron’s love story is straight out of a romantic comedy. The pair were high school sweethearts, meeting when Savannah was a junior and LeBron was a senior. And, funnily enough, they didn’t even go to the same school – Savannah was from Buchtel High, and LeBron attended the private St Vincent/St Mary High School, their rival.
She first caught the athlete’s eye at one of his football games. Savannah was an athlete herself, being a softball player and cheerleader. But even though James was already being eyed by the NBA, Savannah didn’t know what the deal was until she attended one of his basketball games.
“I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here”, Savannah told Harper’s Bazaar. “I just thought he'd be a hometown hero for his era and it would be over”.
From their first date at an Outback Steakhouse to romantic vacations in Italy, the power couple sure has come a long way!
When Did Savannah James And LeBron James Get Married?
After meeting in the early 2000s, it took LeBron almost a decade to propose. He popped the question at a 2011 New Year’s party at Shelborne South Beach Hotel in Miami (which doubled as his 27th birthday celebration as well). Surrounded by friends, family, and his teammates, the pair got engaged as the ball dropped at midnight. Fellow NBA player Dwayne Wade even had a special role – holding onto the $300,000 engagement ring for his bud.
Less than two years later, on September 13, 2013, the pair exchanged vows in front of 200 guests in San Diego, California. They recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary, but they’ve been together for almost 20 years.
Do Savannah James And LeBron James Have Any Kids?
Savannah and LeBron James have three kids together. LeBron Jr. (also known as Bronny) was born in 2004. Savannah found out she was pregnant with their first child when she was just a senior in high school at age 17, and during LeBron’s rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The future Mrs James was terrified, partly because she was still finishing up school and partly because of her pregnancy’s implications on LeBron’s new career. But the basketball player did everything he could to alleviate her fears. He told her, “It’s not going to slow me down, and it’s not going to slow you down. We’re going to keep doing what we have to do”.
Some people criticised the pregnancy, even going as far as to say that Savannah “trapped” rising star James into a relationship by getting pregnant on purpose. But the two had already been dating, and LeBron has spoken extensively about his love for his wife. So there’s probably no truth to that malicious angle.
After Bronny was born, two more kids followed. Bryce Maximus came into the world in 2007, and their first and only daughter Zhuri was born in October 2014.
Is Savannah James Pregnant?
There have been no signs of a fourth James child on the way.
Is Savannah James On Instagram?
Savannah James is on Instagram as @mrs_savannahrj.
When Savannah first met LeBron James, he was just another high school senior who liked to play basketball. But through her love and support, James has become the King of the NBA – and Savannah, his queen. Cheers to 18 years together, and here’s to 18 more!