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Vanessa Bryant Eulogizes her husband Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gigi

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It was a somber bittersweet day in the Staples Center in Los Angeles when 20,000 mourners packed into the indoor stadium that the late NBA Player Kobe Bryant built to bid him and his 13-year old daughter Gianna farewell.

His widow Vanessa Bryant, a celebrity mom covered often on the blog, gave a heart breaking but still beautiful eulogy of her husband and daughter. As USA Today summarized in its coverage:

She mourned the loss of her “baby girl” Gianna, “a sweet and gentle soul” and preternaturally talented athlete who she said was destined for WNBA greatness. She remembered her husband as a soulful romantic with a “tender heart” and a “doting” father for whom family always came first.

“They were funny, happy, silly, and they loved life,” Vanessa said of Kobe and Gianna, adding: “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to heaven together.”

Beyonce Knowles Carter opened the event performing one of her hits, “XO” which she said was one of Kobe’s favorite song with lyrics that go, “In the darkest hour / I’ll search through the crowd / Your face is all I can see / I’ll give you everything.” She later burst into a soulful rendition of her song, “Halo

Alicia Keys moved the crowd by playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” a piece she said was favored by Kobe and Vanessa.

Keys had previously paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna on the night they died, performing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” alongside Boyz II Men at the Grammy Awards last month.

At various points throughout the event, the crowd broke out in chants of “Kobe! Kobe!”

Retired NBA stars Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, and Tim Duncan along with entertainer Jennifer Lopez and her fiance retired baseball player Alex Rodriguez and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel were all in attendance for the ceremony, along with other celebs like friends of the Bryant family Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.

The date chosen for the memorial — Feb. 24, or 2/24/20 — is a combination of their jersey numbers. Gianna wore No. 2 and her dad wore No. 24 in the latter part of his 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tickets went for variations of 2 and 4, $24.24 or $224 for two.

Several NBA legends like former teammates  Shaquille O’Neal and Jordon gave rousing speeches by my fave was by University of Oregon player Sabrina Ionesco who gave a wonderful speech and tribute to girls sports too in honor of GiGi .

Proceeds will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation which raises money to provide sports education and training services for young women. The foundation was originally established as the Mamba Sports Academy, but Bryant’s widow announced that the name was changed to honor their daughter.

Kobe Bryant gave himself the moniker “Black Mamba” after a character in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill.

“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Vanessa Bryant wrote on her Instagram page announcing the name change.

The two were headed to a game during a basketball tournament at a sports arena in Thousand Oaks, California named for Mamba when the helicopter they were riding in crashed killing them along with Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, his wife Keri Altobelli, 46, and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Sarah Chester, 45, and her daughter Payton Chester, 13; as well as Mamba Sports Academy coach Christina Mauser, 38; and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

Also from a NBCNews report:

Bryant and his daughter were traveling to Gigi’s basketball game in a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter, when it crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. All eight passengers and the pilot were killed.

The Bryants were laid to rest in a private ceremony in Southern California on Feb. 7.

Before the public ceremony got underway, the Los Angeles Times reported Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, the company that operated the chopper. NPR later confirmed the lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said in its investigative update this month that the chopper’s rotors were both powered and turning at the time of impact, which it said indicates “the engines showed no evidences of uncontained or catastrophic internal failure.”

Photos taken shortly after the crash show conditions were foggy in the hills above Calabasas, but as NPR’s Russell Lewis has reported, the final investigative findings are not expected for at least a year.

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Vanessa Bryant’s Stunning Maternity Photos are Everything!

Wow!

I do not recall when I have seen more stunning maternity photos in recent history than Vanessa Bryant‘s!

The mom to three girls, 16-year old Natalia Diamante, 13-year old Gianna Maria-Onore and 2-year old Bianka Bella, is also the wife of Los Angeles Lakers NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

She posted a couple breathtaking photos from her shoot on her private Instagram this Father’s Day weekend.

[It’s a thing I suppose because she also celebrated her baby shower over Mother’s Day Weekend in May]

One is a glorious silhouette which featured her wearing a unitard with her hair in an elaborate extension ponytail. Very artsy and beautiful.

The other is a dreamy image from the ground perspective looking up and with Kobe cradling her bump and a very ornate and pristine vintage wicker pram with decorated with white florals nearby.

She is wearing a white off-the-shoulder crop top and a full layered skirt with lots of organza. Her hair cascades down her back in soft black loose ringlets.

A single elegant chandelier hangs above. So dreamy!

Wow!

Baby #4, another baby girl is due this Summer.

Inside Vanessa Bryant’s Baby Shower for Baby Girl #4

Vanessa Bryant celebrated her Mother’s Day weekend with a baby shower to welcome the addition of her latest princess to the Bryant family.

In family photos of the event posted by Bryant and her famous Los Angeles Lakers retired basketball player husband Kobe Bryant, pink white and gold balloons, butterfly ornaments and pink rose florals in white box vases can be seen in front of a green shrub wall.

“Happy Mother’s Day @vanessabryant,” the NBA legend captioned a photo of his family at the baby shower. “We love you and thank you for all that you do for our family. You are the foundation of all that we hold dear.”

Vanessa took time to pose with her mom at the event.

The 4-time mom-to-be wore a stunning pink bump-hugging, long sleeve off the shoulder dress which looked fab with her neutral baby pink nails, and soft blush makeup, her hair in loose cascading ringlets.

The couple are parents to three girls: 16-year old Natalia Diamante, 13-year old Gianna Maria-Onore and 2-year old Bianka Bella.

They announced they were expecting their fourth child on New Year’s Day, another girl.

Kim Kardashian-West and Vanessa Bryant Both Expecting 4th Child

The year has started out with new celebrity baby news. Kim Kardashian West and her husband rapper/designer Kanye West confirmed that they are expecting their fourth child via surrogate. 

The baby on the way will join big siblings 1-year old Chicago, 3-year old Saint and 5 1/2 year old North, PEOPLE confirmed.

Also, former NBA star turned Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant announced via Instagram that he and his wife since 2001, Vanessa Bryant are expecting their fourth child as well.

“Vanessa and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting another #mambacita to go along with Natalia, Gianna and Bianka,”  the Academy Award-winning Dear Basketball animated short producer shared, revealing the sex of the child. 

Pregnant Vanessa Bryant Enjoys Perks of Not Having to Share Kobe with NBA

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Third-time mom-to-be Vanessa Bryant is enjoying the perks of having her husband, retired NBA veteran Kobe Bryant, home more often. The couple is currently baby-mooning in Hawaii.

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Bryant shared photos of some of the sights that she is enjoying on the big island.

And a couple of weeks ago, on the way home from the Adele concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, she enjoyed a nice foot massage to soothe her achy pregnancy ankles.

“#Adele #Concert #Prego#TinyAnkles #BigBelly #PregoProblems#AcidReflux #SpriteBurp #FootMassageThx baby! ” she captioned the photo of Kobe rivaling Jay-Z for the best celeb hubby.

She also shared photos from the concert.

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The former high school sweethearts are parents to 10-year old daughter Gianna and 13-year old daughter Natalia. Baby #3 is certainly a blessing because Vanessa suffered a miscarriage loss in between giving birth to her two daughters when she had an ecoptic pregnancy in 2005.

 

Vanessa Bryant Bumps it Up in Crimson at The 2016 Espys

 

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Vanessa Bryant bumped it up in crimson at the 2016 ESPN ESPY Awards held Wednesday, July 13 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Accompanying her husband veteran retired NBA player Kobe Bryant, the third-time mom-to-be looked absolutely radiant in a red low cut wrap dress that revealed a tiny bump.  We are loving her blush colored nails and butterfly ring.

It was only this week that the couple announced they were expecting after a pretty long lapse. Their current youngest daughter, Gianna, just turned 10 but is about got be de-throned when daughter number 3 arrives later this year. In red carpet interviews, the couple gushed that they are“very excited” about their third child on the way!

GET THE LOOK!

 

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Welcome 4th Daughter, Capri

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Congrats to Vanessa Bryant on the birth of her fourth child, another baby girl.

The wife to NBA star Kobe Bryant shared the news on Friday, June 21 via Instagram though she actually gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, June 20, US Weekly reports.

“Our baby girl is here!!!!!!” Vanessa wrote on Friday, June 21, via Instagram. “Capri Kobe Bryant. So thankful for our newest baby blessing.”

The former Los Angeles, Lakers star and his wife announced on New Year’s Day on January 1 that they had another baby on the way with an enthusiastic Instagram reveal.

“Vanessa and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting another #mambacita to go along with Natalia, Gianna and Bianca,” the athlete wrote at the time. “New Year, New Baby! Baby Mamba on the Way 2019.”

The couple are parents to daughters 16-year old Natalia Diamante, 13-year old Gianna Maria-Onore and 2-year old Bianka Bella,.

The baby’s middle and last name is the same as dad’s!

It is reminiscent of Serena Williams‘ daughter who shares the same firs and last name as her dad, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, and Teyana Taylor‘s daughter Imani Shumpert Jr. who shares the same first and last name as her dad. Is this a new celebrity trend or what?

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Welcomed Their Third Daughter

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When you’ve already given birth but you want to share with the world your totally gorgeous maternity portrait with all that shiny and healthy pregnancy hair and your man giving off all the feels vibes…was totally what Vanessa Bryant’s latest Instagram post was telling me.

Mrs. Vanessa Bryant and her husband veteran retired NBA star of the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant welcomed their third daughter last week, TMZ Sports reported.

The new arrival joins their daughters 13-year old Diamante and 10-year old Gianna Marie-Onore.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the 2016 ESPY Awards in July.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the 2016 ESPY Awards in July.

We see RED is the philanthropist mom’s fave color. She looks good in it and wore it often this pregnancy, during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the ESPYs this year in July, shortly after announcing the pregnancy and that they were having a baby girl.

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She also looked great in a red mini dress when in this 2011 archival photo at the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

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Vanessa And Kobe Bryant Beamed Brightly at Their Baby Shower



Vanessa and Kobe Bryant celebrated the impending arrival of their this child, another little girl last week, Sunday, September 18. 

The event took place before family and friends of the retired Lakers player and his high school sweetheart wife of 15 years.

“Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate our baby girl with us yesterday,” Vanessa captioned a phot of her husband with his hands on her belly in front of a pink and white roses floral wall.  “We had such an amazing time and we are truly thankful for each and every one of you.”

The couple announced in July that they were expecting a third child, another daughter. “Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!!! #Blessed #BabyMamba #Thankful,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

By the way: she has assured to be free of trolls by locking up her entire account with over 1M followers. Good for you, girl.

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Congrats are in order to Vanessa Bryant who is expecting her third daughter with her husband NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Vanessa announced the news on her Instagram account Tuesday night by posting a photo of a onesie with a tiny red bow and miniature red basketball shoes. 



The onesie read, “Baby Mamba”, after dad whose nickname is Mamba.

“Blessed, blessed and excited to share we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #Blessed #BabyMamba #Thankful ❤️??????”

He shared the same image and message on his Instagram page. 

There is a huge gap between this baby and the couple’s older daughters 13-year old Natalia and 10-year old Gianna. Vanessa suffered a loss in between giving birth to her two daughters when she had an ecoptic pregnancy in 2005. 

She started dating Kobe in high school and married him at a young age, 19. He was 23.

The multiple NBA MVP will have a lot of time to spend with this one and won’t be on the road since he retired from the sport this past April after a 20-year run. 

Guess we know what he has been doing with all his new spare time. Ha!