‘There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,’ Vanessa Bryant said.
Vanessa and Kobe
Venessa and Kobe met in 1999. At that time, Kobe was 21 years of age, and Vanessa was 17years old. Moreover, Vanessa worked as a background dancer for the Tha Eastsidaz music video titled “G’d Up.”Also, Kobe was in the building and working on his debut musical album. Soon, they started to date before their engagement in 2000.
Vanessa and Kobe Bryant later married on April 18, 2001. Kobe’s family members, his longtime advisors, and his Laker teammates were not present at the wedding. The wedding had only a small group of people with Vanessa’s family in attendance.
Kobe’s family was against the idea of their son’s marriage. They felt it was too early for him. More so, they didn’t accept the fact that Kobe is marrying a non-African-American, which is Vanessa.
This resulted in a conflict between Kobe and his family. It caused a separation between him and his family for more than two years. However, the birth of Kobe’s first daughter ended their separation.
The couple had their first child, Natalia, in 2003. The birth of the new baby brought about the reconciliation between Kobe and his parents. Following the birth of Natalia, another pregnancy came. However, it, unfortunately, led to miscarriage in the spring of 2005. The miscarriage was a massive blow to the family of three at that time.
Vanessa Bryant gives Birth to Gianna
The birth of Gianna – Kobe, and Vanessa’s second daughter sparked joy in the family. Gianna was born in May 2006. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well with the couples as Vanessa filed for a divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences between herself and Kobe in December 2011.
On January 11, 2013, Kobe and his wife declared via social media that they were back together after calling off their divorce.
In 2016, Vanessa gave birth to their third daughter, Bianka, and in January 2019, the Bryants announced they were expecting a fourth daughter. Their daughter, Capri Kobe, was born in June 2019.
The couple endured good and bad periods in their relationship, ranging from the challenges of Kobe’s consistent absence from home due to his career pursuit, amongst other problems, up until Kobe’s death on January 26, 2020.
Vanessa Bryant statement after her husband’s death
In her first public statement following the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter Vanessa Bryant expressed her grief, as well as her gratitude for the outpouring of love and support since the tragedy.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
She said, ‘My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,’ Bryant wrote in an Instagram post. “Thank you for all the prayers. We need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.’
Furthermore, Vanessa went forward to express how devastated she felt about other families that were involved in the accident.
She also expressed her devastation for the other deceased flight crew. She didn’t fail to extend her condolences to their families and friends.
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