On what would've been his 42nd birthday, Vanessa Bryant paid a moving tribute to her late husband, LA Lakers’ star player, Kobe Bryant who died in January this year.
Kobe along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianni were among nine people who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas in California.
Here’s what Vanessa shared with her 13,7 million followers on Instagram just eight months after his death.
“To my baby, Happy Birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh. I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything thrown my way. Thank you for growing up with me and teaching me how to be strong. How to try and see the best in people but cut out the bs. Your thoughtful gestures and the amazing way you made us all feel is extremely missed. I picture your smile and wide big welcoming hugs daily,” she said.
She added: “God I miss you both so much. Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broke inside. As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters' days shine a little brighter. I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face every day. I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare. I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me. There’s so much I wish I could tell you and show you and Gigi. So many things you would both be happy to see and be a part of.”
It’s been almost eight months since the American
basketball star and his daughter Giana died in a horrific helicopter accident –
and the family are speaking out about healing and “moving forward”.
In another post shared Instagram just before Kobe’s birthday, Vanessa told her followers that she and her eldest daughter, Natalia (17), “unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe.”
But while Vanessa (38) – who also has daughters Bianka (3) and Capri (11 months) with the late athlete – might be trying to put the tragedy behind her, she’s also ramping up efforts to seek justice for their deaths.
In a legal claim filed earlier in June, her attorneys wrote that she’s seeking “hundreds of millions” of dollars in Kobe’s lost earnings from the helicopter company she believes is at fault for the crash. Attorneys for Island Express Helicopters Inc insist that Kobe knew the risks of flying, and that therefore the family isn’t entitled to damages.
According to NBCNews, Arthur Willner attorney who represents Berge Zobayan, the helicopter pilot who is listed as the successor of late Ara Zobayan who died in the crash, has recently asked for the lawsuit to be moved out of Los Angeles.
Simply stating that it would be an unfair trial for the defense if it was held in the late player's backyard.