LeBron James and Savannah Brinson
There are few things more pressure-filled than helping a professional sports team win a national championship – but for LeBron James, one of them was popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson.
“I was nervous,” James, 27, tells Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Next Chapter. “It felt like before a finals game.”
The Miami Heat star proposed to his high school sweetheart during a New Year’s Eve party in South Beach.
“I knew all my teammates and my friends and family was going to be there, and I thought I was ready to make the next step in my commitment with Savannah,” he tells Winfrey.
James said he asked his Heat teammate Dwyane Wade to hold the engagement ring for him during the party, while he waited for the right moment to get down on one knee. And he still nearly chickened out.
“I asked him for it right after the ball dropped,” James recalls. “He was like, ‘You ready?’ I was like, ‘If you don’t give me this ring right now, I ain’t gonna do it.’ ”
James and Brinson, 25, have two children together – LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 5.
Source: LeBron James: Proposing ‘Felt Like Before a Finals Game’
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What a span — and what a pear! LeBron James due to longtime partner Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve, and over the weekend, the propitious lady flashed her brand-new bling: a pear-shaped solid flanked by dual sparkling baguettes.
James — whose income will tip $16 million this deteriorate — popped the question during a celebratory cooking at SL nightclub at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach. The couple’s children, LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 4, were on palm to applaud with mom and dad, too.
“It was so honeyed to watch,” a repute for Remy Martin V, who hosted the dinner, tells PEOPLE. “Everyone is intensely happy.”
The party, co-hosted by Heat teammate Dwyane Wade and his partner Gabrielle Union, was also a belated birthday jubilee for James, who incited 27 the day before. Heat star Chris Bosh (who tied the tangle expensively in July) and Queen Latifah were also on the guest list of 60 friends and family members.
“A chairman like myself always needs a great sidekick and a chairman you can rest on no matter the circumstances. And she’s that,” James told Harper’s Bazaar of Brinson in 2010. “She’s got my back, and we love her for that.”
–Kate Hogan, with stating by Linda Marx
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