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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Celebrate Easter Together Three Months After Kobe and Gianna’s Deaths

Life moves on.

Three months after the tragic helicopter accident that took the life of her husband, basketball player Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna, Vanessa Bryant is getting ready for Spring.

In a recent video, Bryant celebrated Easter with her two daughters.

In a recent video shared to her Instagram account, the 37-year-old mother showed her daughters Bianka, 3, and 9-month-old Capri getting into the Easter spirit. At the start of the video, Bianka breaks into a large Easter egg while her little sister looks on. Bryant captured the video “Easter Treats!🐰🥚Bianka & Capri.”

“I’ll help you,” Bryant says in the video breaking the egg to reveal the treats inside.“Oh look, there are treats inside — let’s see what’s in there. “Is that funny Koko Bean? Is that so cute?”

The video marks the first year the Bryant family will celebrate the holiday without their father and second oldest sister.

This is the first Easter Vanessa will celebrate with her children since her husband Kobe Brant, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a January helicopter crash. In the three months that have passed since her husband’s death, Bryant has continued to show tributes to him and her daughter.

Earlier this month, Bryant celebrated her husband’s posthumous induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

To reflect on the announcement Vanessa and her daughter Natalia, 17, spoke with CNN.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor and we’re extremely proud of him,” Bryant said during the interview. “Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career. Every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. We’re incredibly proud of him.”

Kobe Bryant’s death has triggered a flood of love and tributes for the former Los Angeles Lakers player. The 41-year-old sports star died tragically on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Let us take a moment to remember when the late basketball super star thanked his LA fans in Spanish after his last game.

Kobe Byrant played his final game as a Los Angeles Laker in April 2016. The then-37-year-old went out in style, scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz. After the game, Kobe answered lots of questions from the press, including a few from Spanish language reporters.

Bryant spoke a little Español and thanked Latino fans in Los Angeles for welcoming him with open arms.

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“When I arrived, [Latino fans] were the ones who embraced me the most.”

Bryant said he promised fans he would learn Spanish and he did (sort of):

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“My Spanish isn’t very good, but I can speak it a bit.”

He also mentioned that three of his biggest fans are Latinas:

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“Having a wife who is Latina is also significant… and my daughters, too.”

And he revealed what he hopes NBA players take from his career:

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“That they have to play with lots of passion. Love this game. You have to love it.”

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Kobe Bryant después de su último partidoKobe Bryant habló sobre la importancia de los fans latinos en su carrera y el legado que deja en la NBA #ThankYouKobe

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Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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In her latest music video for “Cardigan”, Taylor Swift wore a cream cable-knit sweater that had gray stars on the elbows. Soon after she revealed that she was selling copies of the sweater on her website, fans went crazy. As part of the promotion for her new album “Folklore” Swift has been sending out replicas of the sweater to celebrities like Jennifer Hudson to promote its release. The album launched last Friday and has already sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide according to Variety.

And while the replica cardigans might be selling fast, Swift made sure to send a very special one to Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter Natalia.

Swift gave Natalia a replica of the cardigan she wore in the music video.

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“Thank you SO much @taylorswift,” Natalia wrote in a post to her Instagram story over the weekend with a photo of her wearing the cardigan. “I am OBSESSED with ‘folklore’!!!”

The Bryants have long been supporters of Swift over the years.

Kobe Bryant joined Swift onstage during two of her Staples Center performances. Once for her “1989” tour in 2015 and another time in 2018. Back when the singer went on her “Reputation” tour, she posed alongside the Bryants including (Kobe’s late daughter Gigi) backstage.

“My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy,” Swift wrote in response to the crash that killed Bryant in January. “Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.”

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Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!

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