Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Friday to share another heartfelt message for her husband, Kobe, and their daughter, Gianna. In the post, she shared footage from a 2015 documentary called Kobe Bryant’s Muse that shows him being loving to Vanessa and playing around with the kids.
“Missing you both so much #GigiBryant and @kobebryant MUSE documentary. Even missing your “earthquakes”- (leg shakes),” she captioned the post.
The song playing over the clip is “XO” by Beyonce. Vanessa also posted the full song lyrics in the caption. That is also one of the two songs Beyonce performed at Monday’s celebration of life ceremony for Kobe and Gianna.
Vanessa also spoke during the memorial and shared remembrances of her husband and daughter in a brave and moving eulogy.
“I couldn’t see him as a celebrity, nor as an incredible basketball player. He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was mine. He was my everything,” Vanessa said about Bryant. “… 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, adoring and romantic.”
“Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul,” Vanessa said. “She was always thoughtful. She always kissed me goodnight and kissed me good morning. There were a few occasions where I was absolutely tired from being up with Bianka and Capri and I thought she had left for school without saying goodbye. I text and say ‘No kiss?’ and Gianna would reply with, ‘Mama, I kissed you but you were asleep and I didn’t want to wake you.’
“She knew how much her morning and evening kisses meant to me. She was so thoughtful to remember to kiss me every day,” she continued. “She was Daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mama. She would always tell me and show me how much she loved me. She was one of my very best friends. She loved faith, she loved putting a smile on everyone’s faces.”
Vanessa also talked about Gianna’s aspirations to follow in Kobe’s footsteps and become a great pro basketball player.
“Gigi likely would have become the best player in the WNBA,” Vanessa added. “She would have made a huge difference in women’s basketball.
“I cannot imagine life without her. Mommy, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and Daddy love you so much, Gigi. I will miss your sweet handmade cards, your sweet kisses and your gorgeous smile. I miss you, all of you, every day. I love you.”