‘Happy Birthday, Baby’: Vanessa Bryant honors her late husband Kobe Bryant on their 22nd wedding anniversary in April 2001
Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Tuesday to honor her late husband, Kobe Bryant, on their 22nd wedding anniversary.
Vanessa, 40, shared a snap of herself with her late husband while on vacation in Florence, Italy with a touching caption.
“Happy anniversary, baby,” said the Los Angeles native. “I love you kobebryant #22.”
The late Lakers legend was partial to Italy, having spent several years there as a child, speaking Italian, and regularly vacationing there with his family.
Kobe and Vanessa first crossed paths in November of 1999 on the set of a music video at a time when Kobe was 20 and Vanessa was 17.
Memories: Vanessa Bryant, 40, took to Instagram Tuesday to honor her late husband Kobe Bryant on their 22nd wedding anniversary. She shared a snap of her vacation in Florence, Italy
The NBA stars proposed to Vanessa after she turned 18 and they exchanged vows on April 18, 2001 at St. Edward Confessional Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.
A number of famous family friends shared in the comments section of the post words of support for Vanessa.
Ciara said, “Happy Anniversary! Love you V Boo,” while La La Anthony said, “Happy Anniversary… I love you so much.”
“Happy Anniversary @vanessabryant…we all love you deeply,” said singer Monica, while fellow NBA players Dwayne Wade and Caron Butler posted heart emojis.
Others chiming in with messages of kindness include designer Amber Fillerup Clark, jewelry designer Simone I. Smith, beauty blogger Emily Ann Gemma, and influencer Camila Coelho.
The couple would go on to welcome four daughters: Natalia, 20, Bianca, 6, Capri, 3, and the late Gigi, who perished at age 13 along with her father, 41, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. .
Also killed in the crash were pilot Ara Zobayan, 50, Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Kerry Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, and Christina Mauser, 38.
A number of famous family friends, including Ciara and La La Anthony, shared in the comments section of the post with words of support for Vanessa.
Vanessa was photographed last month at a Lakers game where close Kobe and family friend Pau Gasol was being honored
Vanessa was snapped last month with her daughters Natalia, 20, Bianca, six, and Capri, three, at the unveiling of Kobe Bryant’s hand and footprints in the front yard of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif.