Vanessa on late daughter Gianna: She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her momma

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  • Vanessa Bryant delivered a tearjerking speech during the memorial for her late husband Kobe Bryant and late daughter Gianna 
  • Her speech for Vanessa and Kobe melted a lot of hearts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as well as on social media where videos of her messages were uploaded
  • Grieving mom Vanessa said she was daddy’s girl but she loved her momma

Grieving mother and wife Vanessa Bryant delivered a tearjerking speech during the memorial for her late husband Kobe Bryant and late daughter Gianna Bryant; melting  a lot of hearts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as well as on social media where videos of her bittersweet messages were uploaded.

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In her speech, Vanessa remembered Gianna as a sweet and loving daughter who surely loved her despite being a daddy’s girl.

“She knew how her morning and evening kisses meant to me and she was so thoughtful to remember to kiss me every day. She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her momma. She would always tell me and show me how much she loves me. She was one of my very best friends,” she expressed. “Kobe always said she was me: she had my fire, my personality, and my sarcasm. She was tender and loving on the inside.”

The 13-year-old also loved baking and would always prepare something for her family.

“She loved to bake. She loved putting a smile on everyone’s face. Last August she made a huge birthday cake for her daddy. Kobe’s birthday cake looked like it was professionally decorated. She made the best chocolate chip cookies,” the mother shared.

Then all of a sudden, the grieving mom can no longer hold back her tears as she remembered her daughter’s beautiful smile. She recalled, “Her smile was like a sunshine. Her smile took up her entire face, like mine….It was infectious. It was pure and genuine.”

Vanessa also expressed sadness on the fact that she would never see her lovely daughter experience life to the fullest.

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“We will not be able to see Gigi go to high school with Natalia and ask her how her day went. We didn’t get a chance to teach her how to drive a car. I won’t be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day. I will never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy, dance on the dance floor with me and have babies of her own. Gianna would have been an amazing mommy. She was very maternal ever since she was really little,” she said.

“Gigi would’ve most likely become the best player in the WNBA. She would’ve made a huge difference for women’s basketball. Gigi was motivated to change the way everyone viewed women in sports. She wrote papers in school defending women and wrote about how the unequal pay difference for the NBA and WNBA leagues wasn’t fair. And I truly feel she made positive change for the WNBA players now, because they knew Gigi’s goal was to eventually play in the WNBA,” she continued.

Still, Vanessa said she will always be proud of her Gianna.

“She was kind to everybody she met for the 13 years she was here on Earth. Her classmates shared many fond stories with us, and those stories reminded me that Gianna loved and showed everyone that no act of kindness is ever too small to make a difference in someone’s life.”

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Here’s a video of Vanessa’s heartbreaking speech during the memorial for Kobe and Gigi as shared by CBS Sports via their YouTube channel:

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