‘The Pain is Unimaginable’: Vanessa Bryant Talks About Her Life After Kobe Bryant and Gigi’s Death

Published 03/03/2021, 9:59 AM EST
CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES – 3 August 2019; Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and daughter Bianka Bella prior to the Women’s International Friendly match between USA and Republic of Ireland at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA. (Photo By Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Gianna and Kobe Bryant passing away still feels so fresh. However, more than a year has passed since the legendary basketball player and his 14-year old daughter tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash. However, their energy has inspired thousands of Kobe fans across the world. They also continue to inspire the people they left behind, like Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother, Vanessa Bryant.

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Vanessa has been fighting hard to make sure that Kobe is remembered correctly. She has spoken against people using Kobe’s name to make articles and wants him to be remembered the right way.

Her year-long battle with losing her husband and daughter was covered by PEOPLE magazine as their latest cover story. Vannessa spoke about how she deals with the loss of Kobe and Gigi.

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“I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going. They inspire me to try harder and be better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways.”

She added, “My girls help me smile through the pain. They give me strength. I want to make Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri proud.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 02: BodyArmor investor Kobe Bryant speaks to media during the UFC BodyArmor partnership announcement inside Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant was more than a basketball player to the world. To many, he served as a beacon of hope and inspiration. That is why his passing was felt so deeply in the community. However, it is impossible to put oneself in the shoes that Vanessa Bryant has been walking in. Not only does she have to deal with Kobe and Gigi’s loss, but she also has to battle others trying to invoke Kobe’s legacy for their benefit.

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The entire world misses Kobe and Gigi for the little they saw of them. Vanessa not only raised Gigi, but helped Kobe through the darkest struggles of his life. She saw his transformation first-hand and stuck by him through some very hard times.

The fact that Kobe and Gigi are gone must be incredibly hard for Vanessa to deal with. However, she has an entire community that will support her through this. While it may not be much, everyone is rooting for Vanessa Bryant.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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