Late Kobe Bryant opened up about falling in love with his wife, Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo Laine, on the set of his music video in 1999.
A 2015 Showtime documentary, directed by Gotham Chopra revealed about the life of the late basketball legend.
“For those that don’t know, yes, I had budding music career as a rapper,” Bryant said while laughing. “It didn’t last long, but I did make a video. On the video, set is where I first met Vanessa.”
“It was a two-day video shoot, and I was always looking for her like I wanted to know where she was. I would finish a take and go to my trailer but I would wonder where she was the entire time,” he remembered. “Then I would come out of the trailer and just wanted to talk to her some more, in between takes and stuff like that.”
“She was just beautiful. We literally did everything together. Everything together. And I thought I was a big dork because I loved Disneyland,” Bryant said. “I loved the Disney movies and things like that, but I never really had a chance to go to the park much. She was a big Disney fan, too, and we used to hang out as Disneyland, we used to go to Magic Mountain, she became my best friend.”
“For me, it was very different to have somebody that I was so close to because I had been so used to growing up in isolation, really,” Bryant said. “Moving around from place to place, making new friends all the time, so I never really opened up to anybody because I knew I was just going to inevitably move.”
“But now, being in Los Angeles and feeling like I’m going to be a Laker for the rest of my life, I just met this beautiful woman that I just see the world the same way with,” he added.
The couple got engaged when Vanessa turned 18 and tied the knot on April 18, 2001.
“We decided to get married, I proposed and she said yes. We’re both so young, right?” Bryant said of that time. “We’d wake up and do what kids do. I’d take her to the batting cage, go hit some balls, we’d play miniature golf, go to the movies, go out to eat, it was just a beautiful time, man.”
The news of Kobe’s death shattered the world as no one had ever thought he would leave so soon. The NBA legend died on January 26 in a helicopter crash that also killed his daughter Gianna and seven others.
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