Vanessa Bryant opens up about ‘unimaginable’ pain of losing Kobe and Gianna
It has been over a year now since Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others tragically perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2020.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow and mother to Gianna, recently opened up about how she keeps moving forward despite the “unimaginable” grief she continues to confront every day as she continues to champion Kobe’s legacy as well as be a single parent to three young daughters.
In a wide-ranging, candid and emotional interview with People, Bryant explained how she remains inspired to move forward, saying the memory of Kobe and Gianna “motivate me to keep going.”
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“Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again,” Bryant told People. “But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do.”
Bryant has remained remarkably vigilant in protecting her late husband’s legacy since his death and has exhibited poignant grace and stunning strength amid the unrelenting grief of losing a spouse as well as her young daughter in one tragic accident.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving recently pushed the NBA to change its iconic logo to honor Kobe. Vanessa endorsed such a potential change on social media.
The widow of one of the most legendary players in NBA history also noted how she relies upon 18-year-old Natalia, four-year-old Bianka and one-year-old Capri to keep her going.
“My girls help me smile through the pain,” she said. “They give me strength.”