Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, couldnt hold back tears during the farewell service held in Staples Centre, Downtown Los Angeles, for her beloved husband Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gigi. The service was held on 24th February 2020, with a whopping 20,000 in attendance.
It was quite an emotional day for Vanessa and everyone in attendance. However after being invited to the stage by talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel,Kobe’s widow gave a most remarkable speech. It got so intense that she broke down into tears as she began to speak about her dear daughter, Gianna.
She described her late husband and daughter as those who loved life. She added, “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other he had to bring them home together”.
Vanessa commended Kobe’s relationship with their daughter, Gigi, as the best dad-daughter relationship. Their loss, to her, was a mystery.
The late Gianna was described by her mum as one who was a gentle and great soul who knew how to light up everywhere she went. Vanessa, however, regretted the fact that she will never see Gigi wed.
Speaking highly of Kobe, Vanessa revealed their love story, stating that she was his first love and confidant. She said, “Kobe was mine. He was my everything. I was his first girlfriend, his first love, his wife, his confidant and his protector.
The farewell service was lit up by several musical acts including Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.
Kobes widow, Vanessa, was strategic about the date for the memorial service. Kobe wore number 24 virtually all his career life; Gianna, number 2, during her youth basketball teams. And the ceremony was hosted on a 24-foot-by-24-foot stage.
Bryant was a terrific basketball player with Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years. But before he called it quits in 2016, he had won a couple of titles, including five NBA championships. His friends and former NBA Legends, Michael Jordan and O’Neal were present at the service to honour him.
Meanwhile, Bryant and Gianna died in a private helicopter alongside seven other occupants and were buried two weeks after, specifically Friday February 7, during a private family service.