Ride-Or-Dies: Women Who Were With Famous Men Way Before The Fame

March 25, 2015  |  
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It’s widely believed in the entertainment world that if a man enters the industry with a girlfriend, she’s generally not going to be around long for a variety of reasons (groupies, excessive partying, bad influences all around, etc.). But au contraire! There are a few men in this business who have defied the odds and held on to their ride-or-die girlfriends throughout the bumpy ride to stardom. Here are 10 famous fellas who stayed with the women who held them down even after blowing up. Clap for ’em!

Miguel And Nazanin Mandi

Miguel is a gorgeous man. Luckily, the R&B star nabbed an equally (if not more) gorgeous woman. Miguel and Nazanin Mandi have reportedly been together for almost 10 years, and the fire in their relationship doesn’t seem ready to go out anytime soon – at least that’s what it seems like from all their PDA on Instagram. You can’t be mad at it though; homegirl has been there for her man since jump.

J. Cole And Melissa Heholt

J. Cole has been linked to everyone from Rihanna to no-name side pieces, but hearts broke around the world when it came out that Hollywood Cole proposed to longtime girlfriend Melissa Heholt. The couple met in college when they both attended St. John’s and they’ve been together ever since.

LeBron James And Savannah Brinson

Basketball players might have it even harder than rappers when it comes to rumors of sleeping around with groupies, but LeBron James is not about that life. He’s been with Savannah Brinson since they met attending St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron. The pair finally wed in 2013 and are still going strong. The couple even has their own furniture line together! How adorable is that?!

Snoop Dogg And Shante Broadus

Snoop Dogg has been with Shante Broadus since – drum roll please – 1989! The pair have been an item for more than 25 years, and although there have been some publicly rocky moments along the way, they’re still going strong today. #Respect.

Chris Paul And Jada Crawley

Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been with Jada Crawley since they were in high school. The adorable couple tied the knot in 2011, but they still manage to have that newlywed energy between them whenever they hit the red carpet together.

Magic Johnson And Earlitha “Cookie” Kelly

Can we please give it up for these two? Magic and Cookie have been married since 1991, and  they’ve managed to stay together through Magic’s basketball career, his HIV diagnosis, and through the regular hardships of any normal marriage. They’ve admitted to having their low moments, but it’s rare to find a love like theirs.


Mariano Rivera And Clara Rivera

Can you believe that former Yankees player Mariano Rivera and wife Clara have been together since elementary school? What?! Where they do that at? The unbreakable couple have been married since 1991 and the love is still strong and steady between them. Talk about an unbreakable bond!

LL Cool J And Simone Smith

When you think of LL Cool J, the first thing that comes to mind is usually those luscious lips of his (don’t front, fam). If that’s true, pump your brakes: there is only one woman who gets to kiss those bad boys, and that’s Simone Smith, his wife of nearly 20 years. The high school sweethearts married back in ’95; two decades and four kids later, we’re all still jealous.

Mario Manningham And Tiffany Hughley

Former NY Giants receiver Mario Manningham has been with his stunning other half since they were teenagers. The two can always be spotted looking super cute and cozy on the red carpet. Shortly after he signed his multimillion-dollar contract with the 49ers, Manningham used that dinero to purchase a wedding ring for Tiffany, locking that beauty down for life.

Macklemore And Tricia Davis

Before he had the glory and fame that comes with being an award-winning rapper, Macklemore (aka, Ben Haggerty) had Tricia Davis. Starting 2013 on the right foot, Macklemore let his longtime girlfriend know exactly what her support means to him by proposing.

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