While Vanessa stayed out of the public eye and focused on being a devoted wife and mother to her family, Kobe did not hesitate to gush about his stunning bride in the press. Vanessa shared a throwback video of Kobe speaking with MTV about her, explaining why he felt that she was the one for him.
“It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes the person the one for you, but you know,” Kobe began. “Love is a funny thing and I can’t explain it and I don’t understand it. All I know is she caught my heart and I just knew that she was the one.”
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Kobe added that Vanessa’s strong will is one of the things he loves most about her. “Vanessa, she’s very strong, she’s very strong-willed,” he said with a smile.
He noted that he looked forward to growing into “two cool a** parents” with lots of energy, nothing that Vanessa was a burst of energy. They eventually had four daughters and Kobe gloated about being a “girl dad.”
Neither Bryant’s parents, his two sisters, his agent, nor his Laker teammates attended as they were in opposition of the two young love birds’ getting married. But that did not deter the two from tying the knot. In fact, it helped the two establish an “us against the world” mentality that would sustain them throughout their union.