Vanessa Bryant remembers her late husband Kobe Bryant as she marks her second Valentine’s Day since his tragic passing at age 41
Vanessa Bryant remembered her late husband Kobe Bryant on social media as she marked her second Valentine’s Day since his tragic passing at age 41.
The photo showed the former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard holding his wife during the early days of their relationship.
The 38-year-old widow of the basketball legend also wrote a short message in the caption for the post to mark the holiday and reassure her followers that she was still very much in love with her deceased husband.
Looking back: On Sunday morning, Vanessa Bryant shared a throwback snap featuring her spending quality time with her deceased husband Kobe
The message read, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day Boo-Boo. I love you for now, forever and for always.’
In the photo, the athlete wore a plain white t-shirt, which contrasted with his wife’s graphic printed black shirt.
The social media personality was also seen wearing a pair of fake rabbit ears on top of her flowing brunette hair.
Vanessa also shared a photo of him giving her a bouquet of roses from 2000.
The former couple met in 1999 during a video shoot for the rap group Tha Eastsidaz; Vanessa was working as a backup dancer at the time.
Aww: She also shared this romantic photo from 2000 of Kobe giving her a bouquet of flowers
The feeling’s still there: In the caption for her post, the dancer wrote a message for her husband, and remarked that ‘I love you for now, forever and for always’; the two are pictured at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Back in the day: Kobe and Vanessa met in 1999 while she was working as a backup dancer on the set of a music video; they are seen with their daughters Natalia and Gianna in 2010
The two became engaged the following year while the model was still in high school.
In 2001, the couple tied the knot at a small wedding in Dana Point, California; the athlete’s parents did not attend the ceremony.
Two years after their marriage, the Bryants welcomed their first daughter, whom they named Natalia, currently aged 18; her birth resulted in a reconciliation between the basketball player and his parents.
They went on to expand their family with second daughter named Gianna, born in 2006.
Big family: The couple welcomed their first daughter in 2003 and eventually had three more
In 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce and requested joint custody of the couple’s daughters; the two reconciled in 2013.
The couple welcomed two more daughters named Bianka and Capri in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
On January 26th of last year, Kobe and Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles.
The cause of the crash was recently revealed to have stemmed from an error made by the aircraft’s pilot.
Tragedy: On January 26th of last year, Kobe and the couple’s second daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles; the father and daughter are seen in 2019
Nearly a year after her husband’s death, Vanessa made a post to her Instagram Story to give her followers insight into how she processed his passing.
She began her message by writing, ‘Let me be real — Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions.’
The dancer continued, ‘I want to say this for the people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live.’
The athlete’s widow finished her message by telling her fans that, ‘Death is guaranteed, but living the rest of the day isn’t.’
Getting through it: Nearly a year after the date of the fatal helicopter accident, Vanessa made a post to her Instagram Story to let her followers know how she was dealing with life without her husband and second daughter