Octavia Spencer Opens up about the Moment in Vanessa Bryant's Memorial Speech That Broke Her
Octavia Spencer had attended the memorial service held in honor of the late basketball icon, Kobe Bryant, on February 24 at the Staples Center.
Family, friends, fans, and other basketball stars were present to pay their tribute to the loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who was 13 years old.
They died in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of all nine onboard, including the pilot, in Calabasas, California last month.
Vanessa Bryant, the wife of Kobe, eulogized her husband and their daughter in a heartbreaking speech at the service, of which Octavia shared a quote from the speech on her Instagram page, revealing that it broke her into a "million pieces."
"God knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. He has to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi."
Her caption included how LA "sent them off beautifully." She also made prayers on behalf of all the families who lost their loved ones in the tragic accident.
Celebrities and fans alike have spoken about the strength and grace displayed by Vanessa amid her grief. The widow had a lot of loving words about her husband and daughter.
The marriage survived despite its challenges; it almost ended in divorce, in 2011.
She was open about their relationship, being his first love and his best friend, and also the struggles they faced in their marriage.
Vanessa let the world know how amazing Gigi was as a daughter. She described her as "thoughtful, sweet, and beautiful."
Vanessa recently shared emotional documentary footage of her, Kobe, and their children with Beyonce's song "XO" playing in the background after Monday's event.
The couple was married in 2001. The NBA legend was just 22 years old when he married an 18-year old Vanessa.
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Missing you both so much #GigiBryant and @kobebryant MUSE documentary ❤️ Even missing your “earthquakes”- (leg shakes) song is XO by @beyonce Your love is bright as ever Even in the shadows Baby kiss me Before they turn the lights out Your heart is glowing And I'm crashing into you Baby kiss me Before they turn the lights out Before they turn the lights out Baby love me lights out In the darkest night hour (in the darkest night hour) I'll search through the crowd (I'll search through the crowd) Your face is all that I see I'll give you everything Baby love me lights out Baby love me lights out You can turn my lights out We don't have forever Ooh, baby daylight's wasting You better kiss me Before our time has run out Mmm yeah Nobody sees what we see They're just hopelessly gazing, oh Oh, baby take me, me Before they turn the lights out Before our time has run out Baby love me lights out In the darkest night…
Vanessa Bryant has three surviving daughters, Natalia, aged seventeen, Bianka, who is now the second child, is three years old, and an eight-month-old baby, Capri.