Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her favorite singing partner and late husband Kobe Bryant on the occasion of Mary J. Blige’s birthday.
Vanessa Bryant, 39, paid tribute to her late husband Kobe Bryant while also celebrating Mary J. Blige. Vanessa and the professional basketball player sat side by side in a throwback video, singing along passionately to Mary J. Blige’s hit “I’m Goin’ Down” as she performed it on stage.
“Happy birthday MJB.” Vanessa captioned the post along with a series of heart and broken heart emojis, while the R&B singer took to the comments section to pledge her appreciation, ” Thank you so much!! Love you!!❤️❤️❤️”
Vanessa and her late husband were decked out in their finest. Vanessa wore a glitzy gown with a plunging neckline, while Kobe looked dapper in a suit and tie. Their love for each other shines through the video, as they burst out laughing in the middle of it.
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This past August, the former dancer also marked what would have been her late husband’s 43rd birthday. The basketball legend held Vanessa in his arms as they locked lips in front of his trophy in a throwback photo.
Kobe and Gianna were tragically killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Due to foggy weather, the helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, killing the father and daughter as well as seven other passengers. Vanessa spoke out four days after the incident to express her condolences on behalf of her family.
“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” she wrote partly.
Natalia Bryant, her daughter, has also had to deal with the grief of losing both her father and her sister at the same time. While some children may find it difficult to process the tragedy, she claims she benefits from discussing it. “I really enjoy talking about my father,” she told Teen Vogue. “It’s bittersweet, but I’d rather talk about him than be sad.”
Besides sharing stories about Kobe, Natalia also explained how the family tries to keep their dad and Gigi in mind every day. “[For] my little sisters [we’re] trying to keep that memory for them. And also just trying to remember to live out every day the way they would.”