Gabrielle Union Shares about Her Dad Raising Girls in Emotional Post after Kobe Bryant's Death

Gabrielle Union admits she broke down as she drew parallels between herself and Gianna Bryant.

The death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a chopper accident that claimed 9 lives on January 16 is still being processed by those who knew them as more than images on a screen or celebrities in a social media post.

Gabrielle Union confessed that as her husband, former NBA star Dwyane Wade prepared his tribute to Kobe Bryant, she broke down, realizing that she had a lot in common with Gianna.

Gabby shared that when the news broke, her family was left speechless, and in shock

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant at a basketball game between th Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks in November 2019/ Source: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant at a basketball game between th Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks in November 2019/ Source: Getty Images

GABBY UNION - DADDY'S GIRL

Like Gianna, Gabby was the middle child, the one girl who was just as mad about sports as her father.

Gabrielle describes her father as a man made for raising boys, who ended up as a father to daughters - just like Kobe Bryant - and like Kobe, he ended up being a dedicated and doting father to his unconventional, strong-willed girl.

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Mamba Mentality 4L 🖤🐍 😪

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Gabby revealed that Gigi's death hit her hard, especially because she was with her beloved dad on her way to play the game she loved. Gabrielle wrote:

"We are so alike. I was Gigi. That high achieving middle child, so much like my father. Them being together is what is so devastating." 

THE WADE FAMILY IS DEVASTATED

Gabby shared that when the news broke, her family was left speechless, and in shock, reeling in disbelief. Dwyane, who had admired Kobe, and considered him a role model was devastated. He wrote

 "I know you said keep going but today we can’t. We love you and we’re gonna miss you brother."

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I am the middle girl who has always had a different relationship with my dad. We are VERY similar. We bonded through sports. I have a freakish sports memory and my brain is clouded with random sports facts learned at my father's side. We watched countless Nebraska football games. 49er games. Watching the RunTMC era of the Warriors and running into Chris Mullin putting up shots at a local playground is a highlight from my teen years that we still marvel at. But my dad wasn't a #GirlsDad. My dad was a man built for sons but ended up with daughters. He turned his middle child, a strong willed, competitive asf, daddy's girl, into a mini him. He never missed many games or practices. He was an ever present sports dad. He had a bullhorn. Yes, an actual bullhorn. He was that dad. He demanded bigger, better, more... he knew the world I faced. He wanted me to stay prepared for anything and that happens when you outwork everyone. We are so alike. I was Gigi. That high achieving middle child, so much like my father. Them being together is what is so devastating. Last night as D was preparing for his 1st show and what he will say about Kobe, he mentioned something about doing drills with his dad and I lost it. Really broke down. Hands trembling, snot running... just thinking about my 75 yr old father and our relationship. There was no where else I'd rather be than with my dad, playing sports, talking sports, breaking down I back formations. To this day it was important that we told my dad we were having Kaavia at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. He damn near daily Facetimes with @kaaviajames. My dad begrudgingly was a #GirlsDad but over the years evolved into the man that would proudly say he's now an unabashed #GirlsDad and proud, curious #GirlsGrandpa ... Our relationship is and always has been complicated and as yall can see I dont take shit off of anyone, but i got that from my #GirlsDad Thank you Dad. Thank you Gigi. Thank you to everyone who was just being involved parents and adults who loved kids. All praise. Rest in Peace.

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Gabby reached out to the Bryant family, Vanessa and the girls, and reminded fans that even though we will all move on from this moment, for the families of the victims the suffering is just starting.

Not only for the Bryant family, but for the families of the other 7 victims of the crash, there will be dark days ahead, coming to terms with their loss, and learning to live with the gaping holes in their lives.

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#8#24 Forever!

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DWYANE WADE'S TRIBUTE TO KOBE BRYANT

Dwayne Wade posted a video on Instagram, a clip showing the incomparable Kobe Bryant in action, and recorded a voice-over in which he expressed his pain over his friend's death.

With a broken voice, Dwayne declares that it is the worse day of his life, a nightmare from which he can't awaken.

Like so many of Kobe's friends and colleagues, Dwyane is still reeling from the shock of the fatal crash that robbed us all of a legend on January 26, 2010.

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