Vanessa Bryant Delivers A Heartfelt Goodbye Speech At Memorial Service
Vanessa Bryant made her first public appearance since the death of her husband NBA legend Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi at Memorial Service today at the Staple Center.
Vanessa gave a emotional personal detailed speech about her late husband and daughter about how much she misses them both. With tears pouring she first thanked everyone for the love and support from around the world. Vanessa started her speech about Gigi first giving fans insight about their relationship.
“My baby girl. Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was very thoughtful and always kissed me good night and kissed me good morning. There were a few occasions where I was absolutely rtired from being up with Bianka and Capri, and i thought she had left to school without saying goodbye. I text and say, “No kiss?” And Gianna would reply with, “Mama, I kissed you. You were asleep and I didn’t want to wake you.” She knew how much her morning and evening kisses meant to me, and she was so thoughtful to remember to kiss me every day. She was daddy’s girl, but I know she loved her mama, and she would always show me and tell me that she loved me. She was one of my very best friends.”
“Gigi was very competitive like her daddy, but she had a sweet grace about her. Her smile was like sunshine. Her smile took up her entire face, like mine. Kobe always said she was me. She had my fire, my personality and sarcasm, and she was tender and loving on the inside. She had the best laugh. It was infectious. It was pure and genuine.”
Later she talked about how Kobe was her soulmate. best friend and the love her life.
“Now for my soulmate. Kobe was known as a fierce competitor on the basketball court. The greatest of all time, a writer, an Oscar winner and the Black Mamba. But to me he was KobKob, my Boo-Boo, my Bae-Boo, my papi chulo. I was his VeBe, his principessa, his reina, Queen Mama — Mamba”
“Kobe and I have been together since I was 17-and-a-half years old. I was his first girlfriend, his first love, his wife, his best friend, his confidant and his protector. He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. He was the early bird and I was the night owl, I was fire and he was ice, and vice versa at times. We balanced each other out. He would do anything for me. I have no idea how I deserved a man that loved and wanted me more than Kobe. He was charismatic, a gentleman, he was loving and adoring and romantic.”
“God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi. I got Nati, BiBi and Coco, and we’re still the best team.
We love and miss you, Boo-Boo and Gigi. May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again one day. We love you both and miss you forever and always, Mommy.”
TMZ also reported that Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express, the company that produced the helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant before its fatal crash on January 26. The lawsuit claims the aircraft should never have taken off on January 26 due to weather conditions.
Watch the full Memorial Service below.