"It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?!"
Vanessa Bryant lost both her husband and daughter on the same day as the helicopter they were flying crashed, killing all nine people on board. NBA legend Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in the crash. The heartbroken widow took to social media to share how she has been feeling, mentioning her reluctance to do so, but doing it anyway in the hopes that she could offer some perspective on the situation in a way that could help others who have also lost a loved one.
Vanessa wrote: I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters.
It's a heartbreaking situation, to want to be with the departed souls, but to also remain calm and composed for the children she's with. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God, I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.
Vanessa included a video from Slam magazine that showed basketball highlights from Gianna, a rising star at the Mamba Sports Academy. The footage also featured Bryant, who coached the promising young team, reports People. Kobe and Gigi might not be with them physically, but they're always going to be around. On Saturday, Vanessa shared a video of 7-month-old Capri Kobe, which showed the toddler starting to learn how to stand on her own.
On Monday, February 24, 2020, the city will hold a memorial service at Staples Center for Kobe and Gianna. The event will also honor the seven other victims of the January 26 helicopter crash: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan. No other details surrounding the event have been announced. The post was shared on Vanessa's Instagram. 2 is Gigi's jersey number, 24 is Kobe's, and 20 signifies the number of years Kobe played for the Lakers. He was also married for 20 years.