Vanessa Bryant opens up on how Kobe and Gigi motivate her to find ‘light in darkness’
Vanessa Bryant is still dealing with the pain of losing a husband and a daughter in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gigi Bryant last January.
That tragedy, which also claimed the lives of seven others, continues to resonate with people around the globe. Bryant admitted it has been difficult to cope with the pain and memory of the losses, but added she tries to find “the light in darkness” because Kobe and Gigi would want her to do exactly that:
“I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going,” Vanessa Bryant said, via Elizabeth Leonard of People Magazine. “They inspire me to try harder and be better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways.”
“This pain is unimaginable [but] you just have to get up and push forward,” she says. “Lying in bed crying isn’t going to change the fact that my family will never be the same again. But getting out of bed and pushing forward is going to make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do.”
Vanessa Bryant still has three daughters to look after, including Natalia (18), Bianka (4) and 20-month-old Capri. She said her daughters give her “strength.”
Bryant has taken up the mantle in forwarding Kobe’s legacy after basketball, taking over Granity Studios and relaunching the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
Vanessa also spoke on her gratefulness for the support from family, friends and even strangers in the wake of the tragedy. She especially pointed out her love for the murals painted all over Los Angeles.
Despite enduring tremendous loss, Vanessa Bryant has found comfort from eternal forces and, in particular, those closest to her. That includes the memory of Kobe and Gigi.