Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her late husband, Kobe Bryant, and their daughter Gianna on the one-year anniversary of their deaths. The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday, January 26, to share a moving letter she received from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey Callaghan.
I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too,” Vanessa captioned the post. “I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you! #PlayGigisWay #Mambacita #Mamba #DaddysGirl #GirlDad.
In the letter, Callaghan wrote that the memory of Gianna’s “smile and attitude push [her] to be better” and that she hopes her future daughters turn out “exactly as [Vanessa’s] did.”
There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could’ve accomplished had she had a couple more years,” Callaghan continued.
But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth. Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider there [sic] opinions, she along with Mr. Bryant, set the wheels in motion. But on a lower level, on behalf of every person who came across her, I can say that she changed our lives.
Kobe and Gianna were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, in January 2020. The basketball player was 41, while his daughter was 13.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant: Timeline of Relationship
The NBA star and Vanessa tied the knot in April 2001. They also shared daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 19 months.
The former model opened up earlier this month about coping with loss. “Let me be real — Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions,” she wrote via her Instagram Story on January 15. “One day you’re in the moment laughing and the next day you don’t feel like being alive. I want to say this for the people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live.
She continued: “I know it’s hard. I look at my daughters and I try to push through that feeling for them. Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day isn’t. Find your reason.
In other news – DJ Sbu celebrates 6th anniversary of Mofaya
DJ Sbu announced on social media this Tuesday, that his drinks brand, Mofaya is 6-year-old today. The DJ shared an iconic photo in celebrating the anniversary, and it’s gotten people testify to how far he’s come. Learn more