Kobe met Vanessa during a music video shoot in 1999 while she was still in high school and he was just 20 years old. They got engaged when she turned 18, and they got married in April 2001. Kobe shared a picture of the day they met on Instagram in April 2013.
« This pic is the day I asked @ladyvb24 for her number 11/28/99, » he wrote. « Thru the ups and downs she has been my love and best friend. 20 and 17 yrs old when we met, we have actually grown up together. A true honor and a blessing. Ti Amo Queen Mamba 🙂 »
However, Kobe’s parents did not show up and showed their disapproval. It was after their first daughter was born that his parents came around and reconciled.
Their family expanded when Gianna was born, but 2011 was a rough year for the two. Vanessa had filed for divorce and had requested the custody of both of their daughters. Two years later, the two were back together, trying to make it work. Ever since, they have been inseparable.
All these posts are a reminder of how much they loved and cherished each other. While Kobe’s fans and teammates do miss him, nobody can fathom how his family is still dealing with this loss.
Although, it looks like Vanessa and their children are in a good place and only thinking of the great moments they spent with the Mamba.
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