Vanessa Bryant delivered a loving and solemn Valentine’s Day message to her late husband Kobe Bryant on social media.
“To my forever Valentine, I love you so much,” Bryant wrote to her 12.2 million Instagram followers. “Missing you so much on your favorite holiday. Te amo per sempre. Kisses to you and Gigi in heaven. Happy Valentine’s Day, my babies. With all my love, your boo-boo.”
The heartfelt message was accompanied by a photo of the couple embracing, featuring audio from Lauryn Hill’s “Tell Him.”
She took to Instagram earlier in the week to share her struggles with the death of Kobe and Gianna, saying her “brain refuses to accept” both her husband of 18 years and 13-year-old daughter are gone.
Vanessa Bryant opens up about death of Kobe, Gianna in emotional Instagram post: ‘God I wish they were here’
Vanessa Bryant announced Thursday that the Mamba Sports Foundation has been renamed the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation in honor of Gianna. She wrote the following:
“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. Our mission remains the same – and stronger than ever – to provide opportunities to young people through sports. Thank you all for the outpouring of support and your kind donations to date as we carry forth Kobe and Gigi’s legacy.. We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.”