Vanessa Bryant Pens Heartbreaking Message To Late Husband Kobe on His 43rd Birthday

by Samantha Whidden
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On Monday, Vanessa Bryant took to her Instagram account to share a heartbreaking message to her late husband and NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, on his 43rd birthday. 

“Happy birthday, Papi. Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno. ❤️💔 43,” Vanessa Bryant captioned the post, which features a snapshot of her and Kobe kissing. 

On January 26, 2020, Koba Bryant, his and Vanessa’s daughter Gianna (Gigi) and seven others perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The group was heading to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Vanessa and Kobe were married from 2001 until his death. The couple had four girls together. With their youngest being just seven months old at the time of the NBA star’s death. 

Vanessa Bryant Opens Up About Her Grief Following Kobe and Gigi’s Deaths 

In a recent interview with People, Vanessa Bryant discusses how she’s handling the grief of losing both Kobe and Gigi. “This pain is unimaginable, but you just have to get up and push forward. Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again.”

Bryant further explains that by getting out of bed and pushing forward, she is able the make better for her daughters and herself. “I guess the best way to design [finding the light in darkness] is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going,” she states. Bryant then says that Kobe and Gigi inspire her to try harder and be better every day. 

“Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways,” Bryant continues. She also goes on to add that her daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, help her smile through the pain. They also give her strength. “I want to make Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri proud.”

Following the loss of Kobe and Gigi, Bryant was placed in charge of creative projects that were unfinished by Kobe’s company, Granity Studios. She also relaunched the late NBA player’s charitable non-profit as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to the father-daughter duo. The non-profit seeks to empower young girls and provide equity opportunities for underserved athletes. 

Bryant Celebrates Natalia Starting Her Freshmen Year at College 

Last week, Vanessa Bryant celebrated Natalia officially starting her freshmen at the University of Southern California. Bryan previously announced the exciting news that Natalia was accepted in March.

In an Instagram post, Bryant writes, “Today was rough.” The post features Vanessa and her daughters in a snapshot right before the ‘tears came down.’ 

Bryant then adds, “Missing ✌🏽forever. I love you @nataliabryant BE EPIC and FIGHT ON. ❤️💛”

Natalia responded to the post by writing, “I love you!!!”