natalia Bryant, Kobe’s oldest daughter, was in attendance for the public memorial service on Monday, February 24, at the Staples Center, along with her mother, Vanessa, and two younger sisters, Bianka and Capri.
She was never pictured during the livestream of the event, and did not get up to speak throughout the memorial. As the memorial got underway on Monday, no photos or videos were released of the Bryant family entering the Staples Center.
What’s more, Vanessa had not confirmed that her family would be attending the public memorial on her Instagram, prior to the event. However, several publications had still reported that they were expected to attend. The rumors were confirmed when Vanessa got on stage and delivering a heartbreaking eulogy for her daughter, and then her husband.
After Vanessa gave her eulogy, many of those watching took to social media to show support for her, along with Natalia, who wasn’t seen on camera much. Vanessa and Natalia did appear in a video on Twitter walking out of the arena. Understandably, the majority of media focus on Bryant’s legacy as a father following his death has been focused on his relationship to Gianna.
During her eulogy, though, Vanessa highlighted Bryant’s relationship with his three other daughters. She said in part, “[Kobe] wanted Natalia to take over his company and he wanted to travel the world together. We talked about how we would be the fun grandparents to our daughters’ children. He would have been the coolest grandpa.”
She said at another point, He shared a love of movies and breakdown of films with Natalia. He enjoyed renting out theaters and taking Natalia to watch the newest “Star Wars” movie or “Harry Potter” films. They would have movie marathons and he enjoyed every second of it. He loved the typical tearjerkers, too, and he loved watching “Stepmom,” Steel Magnolias,” and “Little Women.” He had a tender heart.