In a new episode of Finding Your Roots, LL Cool J discovers that his grandmother is not actually biologically related to him.
LL Cool J, born James Smith, says in the clip that his mother, Ondrea Smith, had always been suspicious of her biological relation to her mother, Ellen Hightower.
So, after genetic testing was done by the show Finding Your Roots on PBS, Smith discovered that she had been right all along: she did not have a biological relation to Hightower.
But when LL Cool J heard the news, he didn’t take it to mean he’d lost a grandmother. “I mean it’s sad, but at the same time it’s… she was my grandmother. Biologically she wasn’t but spiritually she absolutely will always be,” he said philosophically.