Why Vanessa Bryant Is Blocking Kobe and Gigi Fan Pages on IG: ''We Had to Do This for Our Own Healing''

Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram this weekend to share with her followers that it's difficult be on social media and see photos on her feed of her late husband Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna.

By Pamela Avila Jun 14, 2020 11:55 PMTags
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Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram this weekend to share with her followers that it's difficult be on social media and see photo after photo on her feed of her late husband Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna Bryant

In a statement posted to her Instagram Story, Vanessa wrote, "Thx so much for all the [love]. @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 explained that blocking the fan accounts on the social media platform 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]," she concluded. "Xo." 

Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. in January.

Seven others died in the crash, as well: John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa; his wife, Keri Altobelli; their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, an assistant Mamba Sports Academy basketball coach; Payton Chester, a player on the team; her mother, Sarah Chester; and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.

Kobe Bryant's Family Album

Vanessa's eldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, also took to her own Instagram account to echo her mother's message. 

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"Thank you so much for all the love and support," the 17-year-old wrote on her Instagram Story. "Many of you may have noticed the recent switch to a private account. My mom and I have had to unfortunately block fan pages because they keep reposting our pics." 

Natalia explained that by doing so, it makes it "10x harder to deal with our loss." 

She added, "We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand."  

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In addition to Vanessa and Natalia, Kobe and Gianna are survived by 3-year-old Bianka Bella Bryant and 11-month-old Capri Kobe Bryant