Hollywood Life: Beyoncé Didn't Want to Be Photographed at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's Memorial to Keep the Spotlight on Vanessa Bryant
Beyonce sang her heart out during Kobe and Gianna Bryant's public memorial at The Staples Center earlier this week. Still, she was strict in not letting anyone photograph her at the emotional event.
Beyonce took to the stage of The Staples Center and performed "XO" and "Halo" to commemorate the Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other victims of the terrible accident.
During the tribute by the "Love On Top" singer, organizers of the event had reportedly banned photographers from taking any pictures of the pop singer on-stage.
However, it was not the organizers but Beyonce herself who requested to forbid the cameras during her tribute in the public memorial, and that too for a good reason.
A source exclusively revealed to "Hollywood Life" that the superstar did not want her pictures to be taken at Kobe's memorial because she didn't want to take the attention away from his wife Vanessa Bryant and the family.
The source, who is reportedly close to the "Irreplaceable" star, further told the outlet that Beyonce only performed because "she loved Kobe and wanted to do something special for Vanessa."
THERE FOR VANESSA
It was not like Beyonce did not want to be seen at all since the entire event was live-streamed, and after her performance, she went right back to her longtime friend Vanessa.
The "Crazy in Love" singer also did what she could in consoling the bereaved widow throughout the number of emotional speeches honoring Kobe and Gianna.
Vanessa had gotten especially emotional during a speech by Kobe's fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan, and broke down in tears. Beyonce, at that point, reached out to the devasted mother and wife and touched her arm in an attempt to give her some solace.
BEYONCE AND KOBE
Beyonce shared a friendship with the Bryant couple since the '90s, and Kobe has even been featured on Destiny Child's remix track "Say My Name" and "Bug-A-Boo."
Not just Beyonce but also her husband Jay-Z was a close friend to the NBA legend and his family. As a matter of fact, the rapper revealed during a session at Columbia University earlier this month that Kobe spent the New Year's Eve with Jay-Z.
The rapper also delivered the heartbreaking news that one of the last things that Kobe said to him was that his daughter, Gianna, was a brilliant basketball player.
After the tragic helicopter crash at Calabasas on January 26, Jay-Z remembered the basketball icon as a proud father. The untimely demise of the legend has been hard on both Beyonce and Jay-Z.