The celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was emotional and heart-wrenching from start to finish. The ceremony was kicked off with Beyonce performing “Halo” and “XO,” which brought Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, to tears.
As the ceremony proceeded and others took the stage to speak, Beyonce could be seen consoling Vanessa who was sitting directly in front of her.
“Beyoncé comforting Vanessa Bryant. The light she spreads through people’s pain. I don’t know a better person,” one person said on Twitter.
“Nah…this is the picture that did it. Beyonce consoling Vanessa Bryant has me in tears in the library,” another wrote.
“Beyoncé being there for Vanessa Bryant is such an amazing display of women supporting women,” a third commented.
“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.”
Vanessa then talked about her husband.
“I couldn’t see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player,” she said.
“He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was my — he was my everything.”