Days after celebrating her first birthday since the January deaths of husband Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Vanessa Bryant is marking another bittersweet milestone: her first Mother’s Day as a widow and single, bereaved mom.
Bryant’s eldest daughter, 17-year-old Natalia, helped brighten the day by posting a photo collage on Instagram with the touching note: “I love you Momma.” The photos show Bryant, who turned 38 last Tuesday, both in playful poses alongside the oldest of her four daughters with the late Lakers star. Daughter Gianna, a.k.a. Gigi, who died in the fatal helicopter crash with her dad, would have turned 14 on May 1, while daughter Bianka, 3, and Capri, 10 months, make up the rest of the brood.
Her teenager’s tribute clearly won over Bryant.
“Thank you,” she wrote. “I love you principessa.”
Bryant’s Instagram Stories posts show she’s been in many people’s thoughts on Mother’s Day. She received gorgeous floral arrangements — including four hearts made of roses in honor of each daughter — from various well-wishers, including celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who dubbed her the “ultimate warrior queen.”
Bryant also showed off gifts she’d received, including a book titled Why I Love My Mom from her children, flowers from Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade and a charm necklace featuring the nicknames for her four girls, courtesy of Ciara.