Kobe Bryant’s tragic death alongside his daughter seems to have sparked an epiphany in T.I. Following the tragedy, the rapper/actor asked his older daughters for forgiveness in an emotional open letter.
When Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, fans across the world were thrown into mourning. One of those people shaken by the devastating incident was T.I.
T.I. performs onstage during V-103 Car & Bike Show on July 14, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images
In the aftermath of the sad occurrence, T.I took to Instagram with several pictures of his daughters, Deyjah Harris and Zonnique Pullins, alongside a lengthy note to both ladies.
Gabrielle specifically prayed for Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, and asked fans not to "forget about them."
Deyjah, 18, is T.I’s daughter from a previous relationship with Ms. Niko. 23-year-old Zonnique is T.I’s wife Tiny’s daughter from an earlier relationship, but the rapper raised her as his own.
After declaring his love for the young women, T.I pleaded:
"Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us. Charge my mind, not my heart. You see Life may throw us curveballs & deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured, you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall."
T.I’s message is sure to hold a deeper meaning for Deyjah, who was thrust into the spotlight negatively last year after her father claimed he accompanies her on annual gynecologist visits to confirm hey hymen was intact.
The uncomfortable episode saw Deyjah deactivating all her social media accounts for a long time. When she eventually reactivated her Instagram account, the teenager disabled comments on all her posts.
T.I, 39, previously discussed his controversial statement on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook series "Red Table Talk." With the death of Kobe and his daughter, however, it appears the "Rubber Band Man" was moved to offer another apology.
Per MadameNoire, T.I also shared similar posts directed at his wife Tiny, his sons, and his youngest child, three-year-old Heiress. Through his messages, T.I assured family members of his love while pointing out the need to live in the present.
On Sunday, Kobe and his daughter Gigi, died when his private helicopter crashed around 10 am in Calabasas, California. Seven other people were on the aircraft, and no one survived.
The group was reportedly headed to Kobe’s Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks. Gigi was due to play a game while the retired Los Angeles Lakers icon was expected to coach.
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships on July 26, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images
Gigi’s teammate Alyssa Altobelli, her baseball coach dad John and mother Keri, were on the aircraft. Another teammate Payton Chester and her mom Sarah, also died, as did basketball coach Christina Mauser and the pilot Ara Zobayan.
Fans and dignitaries across the world have been paying tribute to Kobe since Sunday, with musical tributes and memorials springing up in several locations. One such place is the Lakers’ arena, Staples Center.
Per the Blast, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union have also shared emotional tributes. Gabrielle specifically prayed for Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, and asked fans not to "forget about them."
Kobe and Gigi are survived by Vanessa and three daughters, 17-year-old Natalia, three-year-old Bianka, and baby Capri, who was born last June.
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