Basketballer, Kobe Bryant, looked like he was alone at his last promenade in high school, although he attended the event with singer Brandy.
The late NBA star paired up with actress Brandy Norwood as his date for the night. A high school buddy of Kobe's remembered the two as seeming lonely even while dancing.
Kobe Bryant was crowned the Most Likely to Succeed at Lower Merion High School. While he was about to graduate, Kobe signed a deal with the Charlotte Hornets before his transfer to the Los Angeles Lakers, where his success remained impeccable.
Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
At the time of their 1996 prom, Brandy was an upcoming songstress who also featured on television.
The anonymous source who claimed the retired Lakers legend looked solitary enough for a party also said that the couple arrived with a lot of bodyguards and orderlies.
The unidentified friend of the shooting guard told DailyMail that all the other kids cleared the dance floor for the two budding celebrities.
So while the kids had fun, Bryant and Norwood were left "alone" in the dancing area. The source said,
"Honestly, I remember thinking he looked kind of lonely all by himself out there without his friends."
In a photo of the American superstars taken that night on the 25th of May 1996 at the Bellevue Hotel, Kobe wore a grey suit and a black vest.
Singer/actress Brandy w. professional basketball player Kobe Bryant in 1996 | Photo: Getty Images
He seemed bored, while California bred Norwood was all smiles in a white top laced with a black Moschino coat and a modest necklace. Brandy assured that she still has that dress to date.
Pam Bryant, the professional basketball King's mother, revealed her son had come home before that night, pretty excited about the girl he was taking to prom.
Brandy was more than ready to go with him to prom too. She described him as a nice guy, and her mom gave consent to attend prom with him.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a freethrow in the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
Most of the high school sweethearts were heartbroken when they heard who Bryant's intended date was.
The stars arrived late that night. Alighting from the Limo, they both tried hard to play it relaxed and casual. Brandy's official entourage was behind them, and the paparazzi swooped in to do their jobs, literally.
Earlier this week, precisely eight days after the "girl dad" lost his life in the helicopter crash, the record producer broke her silence on social media by sending condolences to Vanessa, his wife, and other members of their family.
Although Kobe and Normwood never went on any official date since prom, they were still friends.