Beyoncé comforts Vanessa Bryant in touching moment during Kobe Bryant memorial service
Beyoncé was spotted in a touching moment yesterday, as she comforted Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant at the memorial service held in honor of the basketball star and his daughter.
The NBA All-Star, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a tragic helicopter accident on Sunday, January 26, in the Calabasas Hills in California.Take a look at Beyoncé's performance at the memorial service below:
At a heartfelt tribute to the nine victims, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Beyoncé took to the stage and performed two of her hits to start the emotional ceremony, wearing a yellow suit which resembles the color scheme of the Lakers.
While Michael Jordan delivered a speech about Bryant's incredible legacy, Vanessa could be seen closing her eyes, while Beyoncé consoled her by putting her hand on her shoulder.
Beyoncé later took to Instagram to share a picture of Kobe and Gianna, which she captioned: "I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens. You are deeply missed beloved Kobe. [sic]"
Meanwhile, Vanessa herself delivered a heartfelt speech on the subject of her and her family's profound loss. Per PEOPLE, she stated to the assembled crowd: "Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was always thoughtful. She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mamma. She was one of my very best friends.”Watch Vanessa Bryant's powerful speech at Kobe's memorial service
She continued: "Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. I have no idea how I deserved a man who loved or wanted me more than Kobe. We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls."
Vanessa now intends to sue the helicopter firm that was flying her husband and daughter, claiming that pilot Ara George Zobayan neglected to properly assess the weather data on the day of the incident.