Vanessa Bryant Talks "Love at First Sight" With Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Bryant honored the origin story of her and late husband Kobe Bryant‘s love story on her private Instagram. 

On a photo of her and Kobe at Disneyland, the former model wrote, “Love at first sight 11/27/99 #21.”

The date marked 21 years since Vanessa and Kobe met, though unlike the photo Vanessa selected, the two did not meet at the theme park. The couple, who married in 2001, met at a recording studio, where the NBA legend was pursuing his passion outside of basketball: a never-released hip-hop album. Vanessa was working as a backup dancer in a music video for Tha Eastsidaz‘ “G’d Up.”

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Kobe died in a helicopter crash on January 26, at age 41, along with his and Vanessa’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. 

Vanessa, who turned her Instagram to request-only earlier this year, shared her heartbreak in a tribute to Kobe and Gianna in August.

“I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache,” the 38-year-old wrote on Instagram. “You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me.”