February 15, 2020
Kobe Bryant disclosed he met his wife, Vanessa Bryant (previously Vanessa Cornejo Laine), on the set of his music video shoot in 1999.
It is possibly unknown that the 18-time NBA All-Star had a gig as a rapper in the late 90s that was short-lived.
The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant discussed this in the 2015 showtime documentary titled "Kobe Bryant's Muse." Gotham Chopra directed the short film. It explored the life of the famous number 24 and reflected Kobe's history as a Hip Hop Act.
"It was a two-day video shoot, and I was always looking for her like I wanted to know where she was. I would finish a take and go to my trailer, but I would wonder where she was the entire time."
Kobe ended up requesting for the light-skinned damsel's number, which she gave him. They both spent late-night long hours over the phone as they got to know each other more; it seemed they had established a mutual attraction.
After retirement, Kobe was always with his second daughter Gianna at games, practice sessions.
Bryant had always thought himself out of touch with contemporary trends because he loved Disneyland and the Disney movies. Still, when he discovered the former Ms. Laine was into Disney too, they bonded rapidly.
Although the lovebirds were now pretty close, Kobe tended to proceed with caution because of his experience. He said,
"For me, it was very different from having somebody that I was so close to because I had been so used to growing up in isolation."
They began hanging out at Disneyland and did everything together. The Lower Merion High School graduate got engaged to the love of his life after her 18th birthday.
The couple officially tied the knot two years later when Bryant was only 22 and Vanessa, 19. Their marriage produced four daughters, Natalia (2003), Gianna (2006), Bianka (2016), and baby Capri who was born on June 20, 2019.
Bryant became a professional basketball retiree in 2016. He once admitted he loved being a girl dad and had ample time to prove it when his official dunkings were over.
After retirement, Kobe was always with his second daughter Gianna at games, practice sessions, and in other public places.
The late 13-year-old was a skillful basketball player just like her dad. Bryant and Vanessa thought of her as the heir to his legacy.
Unfortunately, Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash with seven others at Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020.