Vanessa Bryant shared a very intimate story about her late husband Kobe Bryant during his memorial, and it turns out the NBA legend gifted his wife the actual iconic blue dress worn by Rachel McAdams in ‘The Notebook.’
The revelation came during Vanessa’s speech, where she described to the sold-out crowd just how romantic Kobe really was in their relationship. She told the fans how he was a fan of romantic movies, especially the one starring Ryan Gosling.
But, at one point, she revealed Kobe had purchased the actual dress McAdams wore in the pivotal scene in the movie where the two lead characters finally get back together.
Vanessa posted a picture of the dress which is now framed on the wall on Instagram back in 2013. The dress, along with the shoes the actress wore, are now in Bryant’s home.
Bryant posted a picture of the dress, along with a screengrab of the scene and a quote from the movie, saying, “Say I’m a bird! Say it! Say it now!” — “You’re a bird.” — “Now say you’re a bird too.” — “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”
During her eulogy, Vanessa said, “He gave me the actual notebook and the blue dress that Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie.”
She continued, “When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it’s the scene when Allie comes back to Noah. We had hoped to grow old together like in the movie — We really had an amazing love story. We loved each other with our whole beings. Two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls.”
Interestingly, Vanessa shared a picture of it on Instagram many years ago, showing how the dress looks now and how romantic the gesture was when she recieved it from him.
“#ThrowbackThursday One of my favorite Valentine’s day gifts from my husband was the blue dress, shoes and THE notebook from the Notebook Movie he gave me years ago. (The notebook is a prop but it still has sentimental value). Happy Valentine’s Day! #tbt #Valentinesday #LoveStory #TheNotebook #Love ❤” she wrote back in 2013 with a photo of the dress behind glass.
As we reported, Kobe and Gigi’s memorial took place today at Staples Center — and Michael Jordan, Shaq, and Vanessa all addressed the crowd. The memorial also featured performances by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera.