Vanessa Bryant shared an emotional birthday tribute to Kobe Bryant on Monday, August 23, on what would have been his 43rd birthday.
The tribute posted to Instagram shows a photo of Vanessa and Kobe embracing and kissing with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after one of his five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Vanessa captioned the photo “Happy birthday, Papi. Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno,” which translates to “I love you forever. Eternal love.”
Earlier this year, Vanessa shared another emotional tribute on the one-year anniversary of Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna’s death.
“Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey. I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig. My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter,” Vanessa wrote.
“She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!”
RIP Kobe and Gianna, and all of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident.