Vanessa Bryant Opens Up About Her Tremendous Grief In Heartbreaking Post
By Peyton Blakemore
February 10, 2020
Vanessa Bryant is trying her best to remain strong for her three daughters.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post, Kobe Bryant's widow opened up about struggling to process the loss of both her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, whose lives were taken, along with seven others, in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26.
"I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone," Vanessa captioned a video of Gianna playing basketball. "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." She added, "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. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri," Vanessa continued. "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's emotional post comes just two days after she shared a heartwarming video of her seven-month-old daughter Capri standing up. "My Koko Bean. She looks just like my Gigi with her daddy’s eyes. ☀️❤️auntie Ri-Ri. #7months," V captioned the post.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that a public memorial for Kobe and the eight others killed in last month's helicopter crash will be held at Staples Center on February 24.
The service, which is still in the planning stages, will be held just two days before the month-anniversary of the tragic accident, which claimed the lives of Kobe, Gianna, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and the helicopter's pilot Ara Zobayan.
The nine passengers, excluding the pilot, were parents and players from the Mamba Sports Academy girls’ team, who were on their way to a youth basketball game in Thousand Oaks.
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