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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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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Life goes on.

Almost a year after her father Kobe Bryant passed, Natalia Bryant is gearing up for college and celebrating her life in progress. On Tuesday, to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday, Vanessa Bryant showered her daughter with tributes and words of wisdom in an Instagram post.

Vanessa posted a handful of tributes to Natalia on Instagram, including old photos of the 18-year-old her father, Kobe.

The late LA Laker, who died last year on Jan. 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos. In one of the images, Vanessa and Kobe held baby Natalia in an image taken on the Los Angeles Lakers court.

“Daddy’s little princess, Natalia. ❤️🎉🎂🎉#18#BirthdayGirl,” Bryant captioned one of the photos.

In another post, Vanessa expressed how proud she was of the woman Natalia has become.

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite and gracious in everything that you do. You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter. We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our first born, Natalia, our principessa!”

Last week, Bryant revealed that Natalia has college on the mind.

In a separate post shared to Instagram, Vanesa revealed that her daughter has New York on the mind when it comes to getting her Bachelor’s. “NYU is one of her top schools. (@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” she commented.

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.

In June, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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TIME’s Person of the Year Special Included A Tribute To Kobe And Gianna Bryant

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TIME’s Person of the Year Special Included A Tribute To Kobe And Gianna Bryant

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As we bid farewell to the year 2020, Vanessa Bryant is doing so as well.

The wife of late NBA player Kobe Bryant took some time to remember all of the loved ones lost in 2020, including her husband and their daughter Gianna during the TIME Person of the Year presentations. Speaking in a heartwarming message that aired last Thursday on NBC, Vanessa introduced the presentation’s In Memoriam segment.

Bryant spoke about grief felt in the last year during her introduction.

“Words cannot do justice to the grief we felt this year. At every level of human connection from across the world to across the table, we experienced profound loss,” Vanessa explained. “We said goodbye to husbands, daughters, wives, sons, grandparents, friends, and national heroes.”

“We continue to count the lives surrendered to this cruel pandemic, which has claimed well over a million souls, worldwide,” she continued in her speech. “Tonight, we mourn the people we all knew and the many we never will. May our collective grief unite us on the path forward.”

Following her speech, a video montage played a remembrance of the celebrities and public figures that passed away this year.

Vanessa’s late husband Kobe and Gigi, who died earlier this year in a tragic helicopter crash, were featured in the clip. They appeared alongside figures such as Regis Philbin, Sean Connery, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Trebek, Chadwick Boseman, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. “Over the Rainbow” was played by Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott during the memorial.

In addition to their memorial, TIME announced Lakers star, LeBron James, as their 2020 Athlete of the Year.

In a post shared to Twitter, the magazine wrote “What LeBron James has done is going to forever change the athlete’s role in society.” The magazine also announced K-pop band BTS the 2020 Entertainer of the Year. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were given the prestigious title of 2020 Person of the Year.

Speaking about her new role as the United States’ first female vice president, Kamala told TIME, “It is one of my responsibilities.”

“My mother had many sayings. She would say, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things; make sure you’re not the last,'” she added. “Which is why [in my victory speech], I said, ‘I will be the first, but I will not be the last.’ And that’s about legacy. That’s about leaving the door more open than it was when you walked in.”

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