Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, took to Instagram earlier today to share a new photo of her late husband, admitting that she misses him “so much.” She captioned of the snap, “#mybestfriend #theBestdaddy Miss you so much. #handsome #sweet #funny #silly #lovinghusband. Miss you saying, “Bonjourno principessa/reina.”
Vanessa, who had four daughters with the former NBA player, also shared a throwback video of Kobe during an Extra interview where he revealed his kids simply call him “daddy” and said his wife was his “best friend.”
On January 26th, Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant were killed in a fatal helicopter crash. A few days after the heartbreaking news,Vanessa broke her silence in a lengthy social media post.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe—the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna—a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri,” she wrote. “I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever,” Vanessa shared. “Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”