The wife of the late Kobe Bryant has shared a touching tribute to him on what is their 22nd wedding anniversary.
The post showed a picture of the duo together in Florence and Vanessa Bryant captioned the image ‘Happy anniversary, baby. I love you @kobebryant #22’.
Kobe spent his childhood in Italy and would regularly visit the country with his wife, also being fluent in the language.
The pair first got engaged when Vanessa was just 18 years old and they were wed in 2001. There were replies from some close friends of Vanessa’s to the Instagram post as well as from New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu.
This latest tribute comes after Vanessa wrote an emotional birthday letter for Kobe on his 44th birthday.
“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi.
I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are.
I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”
Tragedy struck the Bryant family in 2020 when Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash.
Vanessa’s Instagram post went on to say: “Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broken inside.
As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters days shine a little brighter.
I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face everyday.”