Over the last two years and some change, Vanessa Bryant has had to showcase some incredible strength. She lost her husband Kobe and her daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash, and since that time, she has had to pick up the pieces and raise her three daughters by herself.
Throughout this time, Vanessa has also had to take control of Kobe’s entire empire, all while dealing with the outside noise that comes from such a traumatic and tragic event.
Vanessa Bryant is remember her late husband Kobe on deeply meaningful day for the couple. In an Instagram post on what would have been their 21st wedding anniversary on Monday, the 39-year-old former model and philanthropist shared an old photo of herself wrapping her arms around the NBA legend from behind.
In the Instagram post below, Vanessa posted a throwback photo of the two that depicts Kobe giving her a piggyback ride. It is an extremely cute and sentimental photo that was met with the caption “I love you forever, baby. Happy Anniversary.” While days like today must be hard for Vanessa, they highlight the love she and Kobe shared throughout their lives.
Bryant’s longtime friend Khloé Kardashian commented on the touching tribute with five red heart emojis.
January 26 marked two years since the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, that killed Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan. The group was on their way to a youth basketball game.