Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s wife, finally broke her silence days after the news broke that her husband and their teenage daughter Gianna died from a tragic helicopter crash.
After years of keeping her official Instagram account completely private, Vanessa made her account public for all to see. She then changed her display photo on the platform to honor Kobe and Gianna with a heartwarming photograph featuring the two locked in an embrace.
Vanessa then published a full statement on behalf of her family not long after her Instagram went public. She posted a beautiful family photo of herself with Kobe, their children Gianna, Bianka, Natalia and their infant daughter, Capri.
In the caption, the mother of four wrote thanked Bryant’s fans for showing their support during this devastating time.
“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,” she wrote.
Vanessa also mentioned the families of the seven others who died with Kobe and Gianna in the incident.
“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.” She encouraged the public to donate to the families and to support Kobe and Gigi’s legacy through their foundation.
Read Vanessa’s full statement below:
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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 ❤️
Vanessa and Kobe were married for almost two decades before the latter’s sudden death. She was 18 at the time and despite the massive challenges hurled towards them, stayed beside the Lakers legend through and through.