Brandy is the newest superstar to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who each died in a tragic helicopter crash earlier this week.
The singer—who famously went to Kobe’s promenade as his date in 1996—shared her condolences in an Instagram submit on Friday (Jan. 31) which included an illustration of Kobe and Gianna (aka “GiGi”).
“Never will I understand. My condolences to @vanessabryant, and all families who are in pain during this tragic time,” Brandy wrote.
After assembly on the 1996 Essence awards, Bryant requested Brandy—who was already a star—to his senior promenade in Philadelphia.
“He came home … and said, ‘I met such a nice, beautiful, intelligent, sweet person,’” Bryant’s mother instructed the Philadelphia Daily News on the time.
Brandy instructed the New York Daily News she determined to go along with Bryant as a result of “he was a nice guy” and had gotten her mother’s approval.
A couple of months later, Bryant guest-starred on Brandy’s present, Moesha, taking part in a highschool basketball star who wanted assist finding out for the SATs by Brandy’s character.
The two by no means dated, however Bryant acknowledged that they had a “very friendly relationship” throughout a joint 1996 Entertainment Tonight interview.
And in 2016, Brandy revealed to TMZ that she nonetheless has the Moschino costume she wore to Bryant’s promenade.
Bryant, Gianna, and 7 others died in a helicopter crash on January 26th in Calabasas, California. They had been head to Gianna’s basketball staff’s event.