Since the demise of NBA star Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna Bryant; her widow Vanessa Bryant is on a mission. She has been firm in her quest to hold those responsible for the deaths of her husband and daughter. A mother’s desire to preserve the memory of her kid is understandable, but when it comes to Kobe, a celebrity who spent much of his life in the public eye, Vanessa wanted people to understand something else.
Most Kobe fans already know that he played 1,346 games in his career. However, no ardent supporter, mentor, or teammate was privy to his greatest and worst moments. anessa is the only person who can say that. The last quarter of a playoff game had all the intensity of her relationship with Kobe. However, she had no idea she would end up as a basketball wife; it was all the result of a freak happenstance.
HOW VANESSA BRYANT MET KOBE BRYANT
Vanessa’s primary concern as an adolescent in the late 1990s was making it through cheering practice unscathed. As a teenager, she attended the Marina High School in the Huntingdon Beach area of California. An exciting chance arose as a direct result of her own athletic prowess.
When she was 17, she was hired as a dancer in the music video for a trio of rappers: Snoop Dogg, Tray Dee and Goldie Loc. An attractive stranger on the set piqued her interest while she was engrossed in the dance at first. Vanessa was well-acquainted with the Lakers’ hotshot guard, Kobe. In his early years in the NBA, people predicted that he would be the next Michael Jordan. In fact, Vanessa didn’t mind that he looked good.
VANESSA BRYANT DATING KOBE BRYANT AND WEDDING
They began dating after a tense first meeting. Vanessa soon discovered the dangers of dating a celebrity. Because she didn’t want the paparazzi following her around, she had to complete her high school education on her own. Even so, it was all worthwhile.
The couple tied the knot in 2001, though not without resistance. Kobe’s parents didn’t want their brilliant son marrying so young, but he angered them by not making Vanessa sign a prenuptial agreement. The newlyweds, however, simply needed each other’s permission. Together, they created a safe haven away from the chaos of professional athletics. They don’t have to be anyone else except themselves.
Because they couldn’t live without each other and their sanctuary from the madness of professional athletics, they were inseparable as well.
KOBE BRYANT RAPE SCANDAL
However, the Bryant’s had no idea what lay ahead for them. When rape allegations against the Laker guard surfaced in 2003, it wrecked their happy marriage. Vanessa couldn’t bear to turn on the television or read the newspaper because she was so depressed.
Kobe was sued in court for rape by a Colorado hotel employee. The athlete argued that the sex encounter was consensual and avoided criminal prosecution by agreeing to a settlement with his accuser outside of court. After all that, he still had to deal with the loss of his fans, sponsors, and perhaps even his own wife.
KOBE BRYANT APOLOGY TO VANESSA BRYANT
In order to mend fences with Vanessa, Kobe decided to open up to the media in a press conference. He expressed his remorse to his wife and apologized for his conduct. “You are my pillar of strength. Having you in my life is a blessing. When I look at you, I see a bit of myself. When I’m not around you, I feel like I can’t breathe.”
Vanessa and Kobe were in desperate need of a fresh start, so they threw themselves into the wonder of being parents. Natalia’s arrival in 2003 gave them a new sense of purpose, and they had three more daughters—Gianna, Bianka, and Capri—in the years that followed.
Vanessa had everything she needed to be happy, including a lovely family and a front-row seat at the Staples Center. It wasn’t until a growing number of strangers started asking her about Kobe’s recent off-court antics that she finally opened up.
VANESSA BRYANT OPENS UP ON KOBE BRYANT’S SECRET AFFAIR
Despite the fact that he was cleared this time, Kobe was discovered having an illicit relationship with a different woman — Vanessa. It was too much for her to bear another betrayal. She filed for divorce from one of the world’s most famous athletes after 12 years of marriage.
The announcement of Vanessa and Kobe’s choice to remain together came as a complete surprise. They agreed to put their family first by the year 2013. As if they’d never grown out of their adolescent awe. For the rest of his career, Vanessa was Kobe’s rock. When she saw him score 60 points in his final game, she brushed away the tears she’d shed earlier in the day. However,
she was also looking forward to the next chapter in their lives. The couple began a slew of philanthropic endeavors, ranging from aiding veterans to establishing educational initiatives for children in China and the United States. Kobe, on the other hand, was working on the next generation of basketball stars for the family.