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- In a rare interview, Vanessa Bryant talks about her grief over the loss of husband Kobe and daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash
In a rare interview, Vanessa Bryant talks about her grief over the loss of husband Kobe and daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash
Vanessa Bryant believes that her three daughters are - Natalia, 18 years, Bianca, 4, and Capri, 1 year old - helped her cope with the deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant, 13 years. "The pain is unimaginable, but you understand that you just have to get up and move forward," - admitted Vanessa in a new interview for People. “Crying into your pillow won't change the fact that my family will never be the same again, but getting out of bed and moving forward will make the day better for my girls and for me. So this is exactly what I am doing now."
She also added that Natalia, Bianca and Capri helped her learn to "smile through pain" again for the first time in 13 months since Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash. At the same time, Vanessa also found a "light in the dark" with the help of Kobe and Gianna. “I think the best way to describe it is: Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going,” she explained. “They inspire me to try my best and become the best version of myself every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in different ways."
As she continued to deal with her overwhelming grief, Vanessa was not only strong for her girls, but also kept up with the passionate projects Kobe left behind. Vanessa continued to run the NBA star's multimedia company, Granity Studios, and re-launched her Mamb & MambacitSports foundation to help provide equal opportunity to young athletes. However, despite her strong demeanor, Vanessa admittedly still struggles with depression on a regular basis.