January is a hard month for the Bryant family, but there is one bright spot - the 18th birthday of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant's daughter, Natalia.
On Tuesday, Bryant shared the birthday tribute to her and the National Basketball Association star's first-born daughter on Instagram, where she called Natalia "an incredible big sister and a attractive role model to so many people".
She wrote at the time: "To my baby~ Happy birthday".
Vanessa Bryant is clearly aware of how many people will be posting content on Gigi and Kobe Bryant as January 26 approaches and it's certainly understandable as to why she wouldn't want to relive the tragic events of a year ago more than she probably already has. Thank you for being there to help me with your little sisters. You're such an incredible big sister and a lovely role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite, and courteous in everything you do. "You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you're our daughter", the celebrity mom continued. We love you forever. "Happy 18th birthday to our firstborn, Natalia, our Principessa!"
The late LA Laker, who died last year on January 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos.
"Daddy's little princess, Natalia".
She captioned it with: 'We love you so much! "Happy birthday Natalia! Our first born", Bryant wrote.
On this occasion, his mother Vanessa Bryant published a very touching note on her Instagram page.
"Let me be real~ Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions", she began.
Finally, there is one more picture of the three of them posing in LA's Staples Center together with a caption that read, "We love you so much!" I know it's hard. I look at my daughters and I try to push through that feeling for them. Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day isn't. Vanessa noted that her eldest had stepped up amid her own grief to help their family get through its toughest times.
Vanessa then moved onto to talking about Kobe, whom she called her "soul mate". The seven other people on board were also tragically killed.
Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Kerry, and their daughter Alyssa were also among dead.