Vanessa Bryant is celebrating her first birthday without her husband Kobe and their daughter Gianna. She took to Instagram to share with the world that she just opened a letter that her late husband gave her before he passed away.
“Yesterday, I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi,” she captioned the post. “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.”
Some of Vanessa’s closest friends left encouraging messages under her post.
“That’s beautiful V,” LaLa Anthony wrote. “Today is your day. We celebrate you. We love you. We got your back forever. Happy happy birthday.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler wrote, “Happy birthday, Vanessa. Love and Gigi are right there with you sending you signs and strength all day long.”
Last week, Vanessa celebrated what would have been Gianna’s 14th birthday. She posted a heartfelt tribute to her on Instagram.
“Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl Gianna,” she wrote. “Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever. I miss you so much everyday. 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!!!!!!!”
Happy birthday Vanessa! We are sending extra love to her as she continues to mourn the loss of Kobe and Gianna. Check out her Instagram post below.