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Vanessa Bryant Asks For Family To Be Granted "Respect And Privacy" As They "Navigate This New Reality"

Vanessa Bryant Asks For Family To Be Granted "Respect And Privacy" As They "Navigate This New Reality"
January 30, 2020 - 02:24 / Hayley Paskevich

Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram today to share a touching statement on behalf of her family... find out what she said and see the beautiful new photo here!

Vanessa Bryant may have just made her Instagram public as of recently, but she's already using it as a way to reach out to her supporters, sending a message of gratitude to everyone who's stood by her and her daughters over the past few days. In the first post she's made since the loss of husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, Bryant speaks out for the first time about the tragedy her family's endured, with a statement in her own words alongside a stunning family photo. 

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Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS on November 09, 2019.

Bryant's first statement post-tragedy: what she said

Bryant starts off by acknowledging the outpouring of support and love she and her family have received, thanking everyone for their prayers. "We definitely need them", she says. "We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri," Bryant continues. "We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately". 

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Bryant talks family's effort "to keep pushing"

Bryant goes on to refer to Kobe and Gianna as having been "beautiful blessings" in her life, talking about her love for them in great length. Her emotional statement also comes with a direct request to the public. "Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality", Bryant says.

Vanessa Bryant's "Team Mamba" announcement

Bryant then shares the news that on behalf of her "Team Mamba" family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up a special fundraising effort, called the "MambaOnThree" fund. The fund is stated to provide aid to the other families who had their lives affected by the crash that took Kobe and Gianna's lives, and Bryant urges people to donate at MambaOnThree.org. She also encourages visiting MambaSportsFoundation.org as a way to "further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports".

Read Bryant's full statement and see the family photo she posted below!

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who've shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that's to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna's legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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