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Vanessa Bryant Slams Her Mother for Having 'Audacity' to Give Negative TV Interview

Vanessa Bryant is slamming her mother Sofia Urbieta Laine after she gave an interview claiming Vanessa kicked her out of the house after the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in a helicopter accident earlier this year.

“She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house.’ She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,” Sofia said during an interview. She apparently was crying during the interview as well.

Now, Vanessa has issued a statement firing back at her mother’s claims.

“My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name,” Vanessa said in a statement (via Page Six).

“She has removed all her diamond jewelry, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support. My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony,” she added.

Vanessa added that her mother “has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters or me” since the late January tragedy.

“Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful,” she said. “I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.”

It’s obviously been an extremely difficult time for Vanessa and her family after losing Kobe and Gigi, 13. She recently had to mark Kobe‘s first birthday after his death.

Our continued thoughts are with Vanessa and daughters Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

Lakers Player Pau Gasol Names First Daughter After Gianna Bryant

Pau Gasol is honoring his late friend Kobe Bryant.

The 40-year-old basketball pro and wife Catherine McDonnell welcomed their first child, a baby girl, earlier this month.

“Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!!” Pau wrote on Instagram.

Pau, who played on the Lakers with Kobe, revealed that he and his wife named their daughter after Kobe‘s daughter Gianna.

“Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨‍👩‍👧 #girldad,” Pau continued in his announcement.

Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people tragically died in a helicopter crash on January 26.

The new parents chose Vanessa Bryant to be their daughter’s godmother.

“My goddaughter is here!!!! Congratulations @paugasol@catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi ❤️Can’t wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol ❤️,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

Find out how Pau honored Gianna on what would have been her 14th birthday back in May.

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Vanessa Bryant & Daughter Natalia Have Had To Block Instagram Fan Accounts - Find Out Why

Vanessa Bryant has revealed that she and her eldest daughter Natalia have blocked some fan accounts on Instagram.

On her Instagram Story, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant told fans that there have been instances of the two of them blocking some fan accounts because it’s still too painful to see pictures of Kobe and Gianna, who was only 13, when she died alongside her dad and others in a helicopter crash in January.

“Thx so much for all the [love],” Vanessa wrote over the weekend. “@nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages.”

She added, “Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm. We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Just recently, Vanessa revealed she got two tattoos in honor of Gigi and Kobe.

Vanessa Bryant Gets 2 Tattoos in Honor of Kobe & Gianna

Vanessa Bryant has revealed that she got two tattoos in honor of Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant.

Vanessa worked with tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado, who made a house call to give her the tattoo on her neck (in honor of Kobe) and the tattoo on her wrist (in honor of Gigi).

She did not reveal what either of the tattoos said or depicted.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me. ❤️ @nikkohurtado came through for me. Thank you! #inked #messagetransfer #BooBoo #throwback #tattooinmyhallway #QueenMamba #MambaMentality,” Vanessa captioned one of the videos.

Vanessa Bryant Is Seeking Millions in Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Helicopter Company

Vanessa Bryant is suing a helicopter company following the deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Island Express Helicopters after the company’s pilot Ara Zobayan flew a helicopter that crashed and killed all passengers on board, as well as the pilot.

People obtained the court documents and it does not specify the amount of damages being sought by the Bryant family, but it was estimated that the family has lost “hundreds of millions” in future earnings because of the loss of Kobe.

“As a result of Kobe Bryant‘s and GB‘s deaths, Vanessa Bryant seeks economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper,” the documents say.

Last week, Vanessa celebrated what would have been Gianna‘s eighth grade graduation.