Vanessa Bryant, 37, remembered her daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant on May 1, three months since she and her father Kobe Bryant sadly died in a fatal helicopter crash. The NBA superstar’s second eldest daughter would have celebrated her 14th birthday, and her heartbroken mom took to Instagram to post a sweet message.
Along with a pic of Gianna, Vanessa wrote a heartfelt note, “Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!”
Lately, the proud mom missed her little girl quite a lot. On Apr. 18, after being honored by the Women’s National Basketball Association, she also shared a message expressing her gratitude over the late basketball prodigy.
The loving mother posted a smiling picture of her “baby girl” in her white and black basketball jersey and shorts after she was declared to be picked as the youngest honorary draft pick for the WNBA.
“I’m so proud of you, Gigi. God I miss you baby,” Vanessa’s heartbreaking caption read for the pic. “You deserved to live a long, healthy and happy life. I wish I could hold you and tell you how proud I am of you. You’re the best, baby girl. Mommy loves and misses you more than I could ever express. @WNBA #2 Gianna “Gigi” Bryant Youngest draft pick My “mambacita” a.k.a. Wings.”
It’s also clear that Vanessa misses her “king” Kobe, to whom she had been married for almost 19 years before his unfortunate demise. On their 19th wedding anniversary on Apr. 18, she took to social media to post the pair’s throwback picture along with a sweet but heartbreaking note.
“My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary baby. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote in the caption. In the picture, Vanessa curled up in the lap of Kobe. The late NBA legend wore a white tee and dark pants as he kissed her cheek and wrapped his arms around his wife.