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Kobe Bryant and Rising Basketball Star Daughter, Gigi, Perish in Helicopter Crash

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Gianna and Kobe Bryant Collage Bellyitchblog.com

Photos: Vanessa Bryant’s Instagram, Getty

Sad news about the family of Vanessa Bryant covered plenty in this blog over the past 10 years: her husband, legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and their 13 year old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Marie-Onore died along with the pilot of a helicopter they were traveling in this morning and reportedly, another parent Orange  and young player, on their way to a tournament in Thousand Oaks, California.

Our thoughts are with Vanessa and their other three surviving daughters 17-year old Natalia, 3-year old Bianka and 7-month old Capri, and the friends and family of all who perished.

While Kobe was known for being a 20-year vet, the third highest scoring player in NBA history, a 5-time NBA champ, MVP Award winner and 18-times All-Star player, Gigi was coming into her own in the sport.

At just 13-years old, she stood pretty tall at 5 feet 10 inches and playe for an AAU team, the  Los Angeles Lady Mamba girls basketball team, which Kobe coached.

Before her untimely death, Gigi  dreamed of one day playing for legendary coach Geno Auriemma at Connecticut and to eventually join the WNBA.

According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, Kobe recently took her to see Los Angeles Sparks ,Phoenix Mercury, and Las Vegas Aces games.

Mom was also a fan, naturally, of her budding basketball star daughter and her personal Instagram feed featured lots of photos and videos of Gigi at play.

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A video posted by Baller TV via ESPN showed Gianna knocking down a stepback jumper during an AAU game with her club team which drew comparison to her dad, also her trainer and coach, obviously.

 

Kobe admitted that since retiring in 2016, he only re-started watching basketball because of Gigi’s love of the sport.

“Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night,” Kobe told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Showtime Basketball podcast All the Smoke.

Since his Jersey was retired in 2017, he had not been seen courtside at a Lakers game until recently with his daughter.

“We just had so much fun because it was the first time I was seeing the game through her eyes,” the five-time NBA champion said of sharing the experience with his daughter.

“It wasn’t me sitting there, you know, as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know it’s like about me, and I don’t like that,” he added. “It was her, she was having such a good time.”

RIP to both. What a tragic loss for the sports world and the family.

The Bryants Take in a Lakers Game Courtside

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Third-time mom-to-be Vanessa Bryant took in a game with her girls (in belly and out) and her husband, retired NBA veteran Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. She posted a photo of her brood enjoying a Lakers game court side and apparently, all of the activity and action had her soon-to-born daughter excited as well.

“My baby girl kept kicking me????,” the philanthropist captioned a photo she shared on Instagram.  “and Gigi (her daughter) looks like she’s ready to go in and play.”

Nice! You know how the saying goes: a family that has court side seats together…stays together. Ok. Maybe, that’s not precisely how the saying goes but you get the drift. It was a very adorable family fun moment captured.

20+ Celebrity Baby Shower Themes to Inspire

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Gretchen Rossi’s Baby Shower

Watching our fave visual search platform, Pinterest, we noticed that baby shower themes were a trending topic, so we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our fave baby shower posts from years past.

Here are the top most searched

Which Celebrity Is Expecting a Baby Next…

In case you’re wondering whose next to give birth today, we got you! Take a look at which celebrities are waiting on a special delivery:

Amy Shumer had a rough start but is smooth sailing onto baby number 1 with hubby Chef Chris Fischer.

Vanessa Bryant and Kim Kardashian West are both expecting their 4th child. The Wests via surrogate. Kobe Bryant is waiting for his 4th girl!

Love and Hip Hop star Erica Dixon surprised her fans with notice that she is expecting twin girls via her YouTube channel.

The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun‘s Wife photographer Joana Park are expecting their second child, a baby girl, Park confirmed last week.

After suffering a devastating miscarriage, Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby is expecting her first child with husband Michael Darby.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams and husband Dennis McKinley are expecting their first child as well.

Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi lost 14 embryos during the IVF process before successfully getting pregnant with her first child with husband Slade Smiley.

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc

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are waiting on baby #3!

Former anchor of NBC‘s Today Show Tamron Hall recently surprised fans by letting them know she is married and 8 months pregnant.

Another Bravolebrity Mercedes “MJ” David of Shahs of Sunset and her new hubby Tommy Feight are expecting.

Finally, I loved her on Boy Meets World as Topanga and now actress Danielle Fishel and her brand spacking new hubby Jensen Karp are expecting their first.

Now you’re all caught up! You’re welcome! (smile)

The Hate Meghan Markle Gets

This week, I was in awe to see all of the British and American press making a big deal over the fact that Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and Gayle King threw Meghan Markle a baby shower which some are estimating cost close to a $500,000, when you consider the security and private jet to NYC from the UK and back.

Some are discussing whether it was too lavish.

My thoughts: first, no one knows if that estimated number of the cost is entirely accurate.

Second: So what?

I’ve been covering celebrity baby showers for as long as this blog has existed, which is over 10 years, and I do not recall anytime that news and gossip outlets discussed the cost of a celebrity baby shower.

Granted, I do understand that baby showers are uncommon among the British, so any shower at any cost may seem exorbitant. However, Kensington Palace had to come out and state that Markle paid for the cost of travel and her stay herself.

They may have pointed out how lavish they were but none reported on the cost, to my recollection.

Let’s take a look at other celeb showers because, what does one expect from people who are rich and/or wealthy and have resources and funds to throw lavish affairs?

For example, Cardi B‘s shower featured a 16-foot topiary floral wall, room entrance ways that resembled a 6-car subway train, and several rooms draped in 26,000 pink and white flowers.

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant‘s shower featured a floral wall.

In June 2016, Nicky Hilton had a baby shower at The Towers at the top of  the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. 

Kim Kardashian had what looks like a dozen cherry blossom trees in her baby shower venue for baby Chicago and her sister Kylie Jenner had an elaborate outdoor baby shower for baby Stormi.

Khloe Kardashian had tons of pink roses, topiary and florals at her shower.

Here are some snaps from baby showers Other celebs had:

Ciara

Naya Riviera

Adrienne Bosh

Tia Mowry Hardrict

Tamera Mowry-Housley

Jessica Simpson

Andy Cohen

Honestly, I think this young woman is getting more criticism than her predecessor non-royal wife, Duchess Catherine, Kate Middleton.

It reminds me of the criticism Michelle Obama received to the cost of her clothing, hullabaloo which was not similarly made over the cost of Barabara or Nancy Bush or Hillary Clinton‘s First Lady clothing prior.

Inside Beyonce’s West African-Themed ‘Push Party’ Not Baby Shower

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You might have heard of “Push Presents” and a Baby shower party to celebrate an impending arrival, but leave it to megastar Beyonce to have Push Party!

The multi-award winning recording artist starred in the festive West African themed affair held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, California.

Guests came dressed in colorful headdresses including some from Burkinabaé and also in gelées, kufis, and Ankara styles.

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The guest of honor herself donned a  cropped African print top and garrah with her head wrap common in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone which she accented with henna tattoos on her belly, a pregnant lady trend we’ve posted about in the past. Her oversize authentic bamboo fan earrings and jewelry all area native to West African costumes.

In Instagram posts Bey’s mom Tina Lawson shared on line, guests included Serena Williams, our Bumpwatch Alum Kelly Rowland who dressed in a Batik tie-dyed off-the-shoulder halter top and slim skirt, LaLa Anthony and another alum Vanessa Bryant also in a Burkinabaé head wrap and jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

Black and White photos circulating on the Internet showed the venue decorated in African fabric as music from the late Nigerian artist Fela Kuti.

Also, her husband Rapper Jay Z was spotted dancing and having a ball.

We imagine a push party did not involve giving of gifts.

Or it could mean she’s closer to pushing than we think   Her mom was spotted at Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA this week.

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Back to the fete:The guests posted photos of the festivities on each of their respective Social media feeds using the hashtag #CarterPushParty. Check them out.

 

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Out of Africa #carterpushparty #sisters? ❤️?

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Celebrity moms at Disneyland

The fam and I are heading to Disney World in Orlando, Florida during this summer vacation and coincidentally, I noticed our digital publishing partner Zimbio had assembled  a slides show of celebrities and their families at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. 

I thought to share some of our Bellyitch BumpWatch alums I saw featured like Beyoncé, Megan Fox and Snooki, seen in the above header collage. 
Jessica Alba and family.

Vanessa Bryant and hubby Kobie Bryant and family.

Rebecca Romijn and family.
Heidi Klum

Tina Fey

Katie Holmes

Christina Alguilera and son Max. 
Britney Spears in the tea cup ride.

Gwen Stefani and Kingston. 

photos: zimbio


It’s A Halloween Celeb Family Costume Showdown



Celebrity families often elect to dress as a theme for Halloween.

And on occasion, great minds think alike and two or more families will pick the same theme.

I mean how many have done  The Incredibles over the years!?

Like a lot! 

This year, while scrolling the web for pics from Halloween, I noticed at least three families that picked the same theme.

Above, model Molly Sims and family dressed as the characters from The Wizard of Oz and so did Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and their four girls.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan and their two girls



Finally, Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte and family dressed as The Flinstones, Wilma, Fred, Pebbles and Bam Bam while is Kim Kardashian West and her four kids, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm did too.

They all are winners in my book!!

These Celeb Families Won Halloween

Every year, celebrity families go above and beyond to dress for Halloween.

Here are some of the top ones.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and Family dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

The Cast of Loose Women as Scooby Doo and Gang.

The Zuckerbergs  are a Family Garden

Ryan Lochte and family are The Flinstones

Jana Cramer and Family did the Cinderella Story

Hilaria  and Alec Baldwin and kids are Unicorns.

Cary Hart, P!nk and kids are punk rockers and Spiderman

Alannis Morissette and family went as Minecraft characters.

Whitney Bischoff and Ricky Angel and baby are Baseball glory.

Molly Sims and family also did The Wizard of Oz

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade and baby Kaavia dressed as a garden too

Kim Kardashian West and kiddos dressed as The Flinstones

Andy Cohen is the Snoopy to his baby as Woodstock.

Khloe Kardashian and Baby True are Cruella DaVille and one of the 101 Dalmations

Chanel Iman’s little Cat Lady

Celebrity Trend: Naming Baby Girls Junior After Dad

Hmmm… Is this a trend of celebrities naming their baby girls after their dads?

Could be! As the institutional memory in celebrity pregnancy online content, I have noticed a pattern.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant chose to name their newest arrival, daughter Capri Kobe Bryant.

Two years ago, tennis ace and newest Wheaties box cover model Serena Williams named her daughter after her husband, who famously has a name that is usually given to a girl anyway: Alexis.

Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. is named after dad, Reddit co-founder and investor Alexis Ohanian. (She boasts over a half a million followers on Instagram)

Similarly, NBA star Imani Shumpert has a unisex first name that usually is given to girls and thus it’s not a stretch to have his daughter with singer, model and dancer Teyana Taylor be named Imani Shumpert, Jr. (though she is affectionately nicknamed “Junebug” and has 444K followers)

I must admit, the “Junior” at the end adds an extra layer of “kicking conventionality in the buttocks” to me! Gotta love it!

Who else? Add to the list and join the convo at @Bellyitch on Facebook under this post!