The love story of Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant stood against the time. Their relationship and story continue to inspire people even after the unfortunate death of NBA legend Kobe in an unfortunate helicopter crash.
The Lakers star never missed a chance of talking in awe about his wife Vanessa or expressing the love he has in his heart. In an interview, Kobe described what love means to him. He candidly expressed, “A journey that has its ups and its downs…it’s a certain persistence to go through the good times and the bad times with someone or something that you truly love.”
They met when young Kobe was trying his hands out on rapping. While his rapping career was short-lived, fate worked in magical ways, and ended up making him meet his future wife. They walked down the aisle in April 2001 and welcomed their first child Natalia in 2003.
Furthermore, they had three more daughters, Gianna Bryant, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe. The second-born daughter, Gigi, died along with Kobe on the tragic day. Vanessa has been keeping her spirit high, as she continues to live and work for the dreams that the two had.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant’s inspiring journey as a couple
Kobe and Vanessa were married for 19 years. They supported each other through thick and thin. From Kobe’s parent’s unacceptance of the wedding to his alleged infidelities. Both of them continued to love and foster their relationship.
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However, one of the cracks that was very prominent in their relationship was the time when Kobe was charged with r*pe allegations. On 30 June 2003, he was charged with se*ually assaulting a 19- year-old woman. Even though Vanessa filed for divorce, she decided to not proceed further and stayed with Kobe.
When Kobe was interviewed by Lewis Howes in 2018, he looked back at the journey that he shares with Vanessa. He candidly said, “I think I would describe it as a beautiful journey” when he was describing love.
The two of them always had each other’s back and in Kobe’s own words, “You move through them and then through that storm a beautiful sun emerges and then inevitably another storm comes and guess what, you ride that one out too.” Despite having obstacles in their relationship, Kobe and Vanessa held on to each other and gave us an inspiring saga to live by.
Vanessa delivered an emotional speech after the death of Kobe and Gigi, and all of us could feel the emotions through the words. She said, “He was the early bird, and I was the night owl. I was fire, he was ice, and vice versa at times. We balanced each other out. He would do anything for me.” Their relationship and legacy are something that will continue to be alive.