Johnny Nunez/WireImage As the world continues to mourn the shocking death of Kobe Bryant, Beyoncé is remembering the basketball legend, who worked with her early in her career.
“I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens,” Bey wrote on Instagram as she posted the now-famous image of Bryant on the sidelines at a Lakers game, kissing his daughter, Gianna, on the head. Gianna also died in last Sunday’s crash.
Beyoncé often sat courtside with Jay-Z at Los Angeles Lakers games watching Bryant play. Their friendship goes back to when he was 21 and made a cameo appearance in Destiny Child’s “Bug a Boo” video. Kobe also dropped a verse on the remix for the group’s number-one hit, ”Say My Name,” from their 1999, eight-times platinum album, The Writing’s on the Wall.
Destiny’s Child recorded for Sony, and Kobe signed a deal with the label in 1999 to release a solo album. However, the album was never released as he focused on his basketball career, winning five NBA titles with the Lakers. He did release a self-titled single, “K.O.B.E.” It was while shooting the video that he met a dancer named Vanessa Laine, whom he married in 2001.
On Wednesday, Vanessa broke her silence on social media.
“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” she wrote as she posted family photo. “I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
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1/3 RIP Kobe Bryant & his baby girl Gigi!!
— Beyonce 24Grammys🏆 (@BeyDayBB) January 27, 2020