Simone I. Smith, the wife and teenage sweetheart to LL Cool J, knows a thing or two about perseverance. Her husband made history in 2017 as the first rapper to be recognized by the Kennedy Center, the highest performing arts designation in the nation, an honor he likely keeps shelved between his two Grammys. Still, it was Smith who brought the rapper-actor his greatest challenge when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2004. A 14-year survivor, Smith has committed her life today to both advocacy and art. Rihanna, Martha Stewart and the Kardashian-Jenners have all been seen dripping in Smith’s jewelry designs.

Here are five more things to know about the woman alongside the man: