Basketball player Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have been married since 2001. Although their love story ended tragically, Vanessa and the NBA legend had a romance that many can only dream about.
The love affair between Kobe and Vanessa began immediately after they met in November 1999. He was 21, and she was 17. They got engaged six months after that and got married in 2001. They have four daughters: Natalia, Gianna, Bianca, and Capri, and the youngest of them was born in June last year.
A few days before Kobe’s death, he discovered the key to the success of their marriage. In one interview, he said that dedication and perseverance in succeeding as a couple had pushed their family all these years. The basketball player emphasized that the ups and downs are an essential element of any relationship.
“That’s all the beauty of it: having the persistence and determination to work through things — very, very tough things — and we’ve been able to do that,” Kobe said.
The couple went through a lot of problems during their marriage, from se*ual assault allegations to Vanessa’s miscarriage, but nothing could separate them.
Although they announced in 2011 that they were divorcing, the couple called it off, and two years later stated that they had decided to stay together and work on their relationship.
“We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram at the time.
Last November, on the 20th anniversary of the relationship, Kobe wrote on Instagram that Vanessa was his best friend and took her to a date in Disneyland to celebrate the old times before becoming the parents of four princesses. “I love you, my mamacita, per sempre,” Kobe wrote to his wife.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in California. Local authorities have confirmed that a famous basketball player and his daughter were killed along with seven other people. Kobe was 41, and Gianna was 13.