It’s hard to understand the grief that Vanessa Bryant must be going through after losing both her husband, Kobe, and her 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash two weeks ago. On Monday, she bravely attempted to put what she’s experiencing into words in an Instagram post.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live,” she captioned a video of Gianna’s basketball highlights at the Mamba Academy.
“Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri,” she continued. “I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”
WNBA star Lisa Leslie, who experienced some uncomfortable questions from Gayle King last week in an interview about Kobe’s legacy, commented, “Lifting you up in prayer daily! Love you guys.”
Adrienne Bosh added, “Thanks for sharing your words! I think it’s sooo powerful of you to share and know how supported and loved you are today and always!! And know that so many of us are keeping you and your family in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts. You have every right to feel everything you feel and grieve however you need to. You continue to inspire with your strength as mother and show the light in all you do.”
Lala commented, “Strongest woman I know V. By your side forever. Love u.”
Cindy Crawford said, “A mother’s love and strength knows no bounds. Sending prayers for you all.”
Dwayne Wade wrote, “Thank you for sharing your thoughts, words, emotions and all these moments with us.”
“Praying for you and lifting your babies up in prayer….we love you,” chimed in.