"Happy Birthday!"

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia, is 18-years-old! The teen rang in her eighteenth birthday on Tuesday (Jan. 19) with a beautiful message from her mom.

“Happy Birthday,” Vanessa wrote to her daughter in an Instagram post. “Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives. Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people.”


Natalia Bryant is Vanessa and Kobe Bryant’s oldest child. She began taking on more responsibilities with her younger sisters, Capri and Bianka, after her father and youngster sister, Gianna, passed away in a helicopter accident last year. Natalia recently took to Instagram Stories to give encouragement to individuals going through a hard time.

“I sincerely believe that the most important thing is to surround yourself with a small circle of people you trust and to be able to express your feelings with them, when you are sad or not feeling well,” Natalia told her fans. “You are never alone,” the teen assured those struggling with grief.

“Thank you for being kind, polite, and gracious in everything that you do,” Vanessa Bryant wrote to Natalia on her birthday. “You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter,” the celebrity mom continued. “We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our firstborn, Natalia, our Principessa!”

Natalia plans to attend college after finishing her high school career this year. Vanessa recently told her social media followers that her daughter is heavily considering New York University (NYU) for her undergraduate studies. “I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” Vanessa mused.

Photo: Vanessa Bryant/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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