Justin Bieber spoke to a couple of British newspapers this week about some life lessons he's learning, and in doing so he mentioned the tragic death of Kobe Bryant on January 26th, who the insure called "my friend."
"I've been through a lot but I've been working hard for a long time, trying to work out how to express myself better. I've been through so many changes in my life," Bieber told the Dailer Mail. "Some of them have been good but some have been bad - some I could control and some I could not. But of course, sometimes we can all be struggling, even though some people hide it better than others."
He also talked to The Sun, saying "I've had relationships in the past, new ones, old ones, but none of what I have now in my life is promised - so I've started to realize we have to live life to the full. My friend Kobe Bryant reminded me that life can be tragic and it can be short."
Many are mourning the death of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others who died in the crash outside of Los Angeles. But no one is suffering more than his wife, Vanessa, who on Monday shared an update on social media about her struggles to cope with the tremendous loss.
"Verified 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," she wrote. "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.
"Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters," she continued. "Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. 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."