• Ed Gaines

Vanessa Bryant Working Very Hard ‘to Pull it Together For The Other Girls’

Kobe Bryant's grieving wife, Vanessa, is trying her very best to be strong for her three daughters after the deaths of her husband and their 13-year-old, Gianna.

The NBA legend and Vanessa married in April 2001 when he was 22 and she was 18. Together they have four children: Gianna who was killed alongside her father, Natalia, age 17, three-year-old Bianka, and seven-month-old Capri.

A source says, 'It's an extremely difficult and devastating time for Vanessa and the whole family.' Another insider said Vanessa is completely 'devastated' and can 'hardly keep it together'. 'She can't finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one.'

Kobe’s wife “is surrounded by people who love her and love Kobe. She has a good support system. She is relying on her faith. She is not alone.

“But she will be grieving this for a very long time.”

Kobe met Vanessa in 1999 when she 17 and was working as a background model on a music video. They got engaged six months later and they got married in 2001. Kobe had already played three seasons in the NBA.

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