Happy anniversary to one of our favorite New Jersey celebrity couples: Ice-T and Coco Austin! The Edgewater-based rapper and actor and model, and parents of adorable baby daughter Chanel Nicole, 1, met 16 years ago. Coco has a photographic keepsake of the moment they first laid eyes on each other (don’t we all wish we had one?) while shooting a video for a movie of his. She shared it on her Instagram, writing, “16 years ago my life changed forever! I remember this moment when we 1st met. Happy Anniversary to the man I admire so much. I love you.”
It’s a moment the busy mom has elaborated on her blog, writing of the shoot, “I wasn’t told who I was going to meet; I was just pulled in the direction where Ice was sitting. Ice was sitting in a chair he had his back to me and all I could see from the back was this guy, with a brim hat on and a red snake skin suit and when Ice turned around he looked at me with a really big grin on his face!”
After they said hello, she walked away, but he later came over and introduced himself again, asking her, “Excuse me I was just taken back by our meeting and I just want to know are you married? Are you dating anyone? Can I flirt with you?” then he goes on to say “Have you ever thought about dating a Gangster rapper?”
She responded, “Well, If he’s nice…” and he came back with, “Well baby if you take the N off nice you get ICE” and from there, they went on to date and get married on New Year’s Eve (December 31), 2011, and even renewed their vows in 2011.
As Ice-T told an interviewer while promoting their then reality show Ice Loves Coco about why he fell for the curvaceous beauty, “She’s sincere, she’s sweet. She’s not silly on a relationship level. She’s goofy and playful, but she’s very sincere. She means what she says, she didn’t lie, she’s honest and she wasn’t materialistic. She was just like, “If you treat me right, I’ll treat you right.” That’s pretty much the basis to any good deal, just treat each other right.”
Here’s a photo she posted of them ringing in the new year and celebrating their relationship milestone at Foxwoods casino:
To celebrate their anniversary, here are some photos of them together as a couple and a family. We wish them many more happy years together!