Vanessa Bryant gave out her first public statement since the death of her husband, Kobe Bryant through Instagram. She thanked everyone who supported her family.
The death of the NBA legend Kobe Bryant has taken an emotional toll on everyone who knew him through the game and personally. His wife, Vanessa Bryant, who was mourning privately took to Instagram to make her first public statement since the death of her beloved husband and daughter.
According to CNN, the devasted widow and mother posted a long message after changing her profile picture to an image of Bryant and their daughter Gianna. She wrote, "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 went on to convey her condolences to all who lost their dear ones in the tragic crash. "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," wrote Vanessa.
She then spoke about Bryant and her lovely daughter, Gianna whom they called Gigi. "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," wrote the mother of four. She continued, "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."
Vanessa, who misses them dearly, wrote she wished if they stayed in her life forever. "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," said the 37-year-old. She thanked everyone for supporting her family during their tough times and asked people to give them the privacy to navigate through their sorrows. "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."
Meanwhile, sources near to the Bryant family said that Vanessa and the kids were finding it difficult to cope with the sudden loss. "It’s an extremely difficult and devastating time for Vanessa and the whole family," said a family friend, according to People. Another insider said, "She can hardly keep it together. She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one."
It is no doubt the deaths have been tough on Vanessa and the rest of the family. Just months before the death, Vanessa and Bryant celebrated their 20th anniversary. She marked the milestone on Instagram with a throwback picture of their first date on 27 November 1999. "K.o.b.e. I L.o.v.e. YOU 😘," wrote the wife along with hashtags, “firstpic” and “forever.”
The couple married in April 2001 when Vanessa was just 18 and Kobe was 22. Since then, they have been part of each other's life through thick and thin.