*Vanessa Bryant, who celebrated her 38th birthday on Tuesday — found a special card from her late husband Kobe Bryant nearly four months after his death in a helicopter crash alongside their daughter Gianna, and seven others.
“Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life,” wrote Vanessa on Instagram. “From, Tu Papi. I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.”
She continued, “Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together.”
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The mother of four’s birthday comes days after when Gianna would have turned 14. Vanessa shared a sweet tribute to her daughter on her IG page last month, writing: “Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you,” she posted.
“You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday,” Vanessa added, “I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!”
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Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi ❤️I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.❤️The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#MyBirthdayWish
In related news, Carmelo Anthony opened up on the Uninterrupted podcast about how he was working to “rebuild” himself “mentally, emotionally [and] spiritually” during the time he was cut by the Houston Rockets in November 2018 and then signed by the Portland Trailblazers a year later, and how Kobe saved him when he hit rock bottom.
“I don’t think nobody will understand what I went through emotionally to get through and to be where I’m at today,” he said. “I’m talking about doubting myself. I’m talking about mentally … wanting to give up.”
Anthony said talks with Bryant and LeBron James “tremendously” helped him during that period in his career.
“I hit rock bottom emotionally, and I had to build myself back up, basically by myself, to get here where I’m at today to be able to tell this story,” he said. “So this season will always be one of the highlight chapters of any story that I’ll ever tell.”