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Remembering Gianna Bryant: 20 Photos Of Kobe & Vanessa’s Daughter 1 Year After Her Tragic Death

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In honor of Gianna Bryant’s memory, we’re looking back at some of her sweetest moments with her sisters and parents.

Gone too soon. On this day in 2020, Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant and her father, the great Kobe Bean Bryant were two of nine passengers who tragically died in a helicopter crash in Southern California. One year after her death, we’re remembering Gianna, who would’ve turned 15 this year in May, with a look back at her life in photos.

Gianna Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant & Natalia Bryant at the Disney world premiere of A Wrinkle in Time at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2018. (Photo credit: AP)

Gianna is survived by her mother Vanessa Bryant and her three sisters — Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and little Capri, who will turn two in June. Family meant everything to Gianna, who must’ve gotten that from her father, whose good friend Derek Jeter said in a tribute after his death, that his most memorable conversations with the Lakers Legend were about his family.

Kobe always made it a point to include his daughters and wife in any major event. On February 26, 2018, Kobe, Vanessa, Natalia and Gianna attended the LA premiere of Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. The foursome looked so excited in red carpet photos from the event.

Following the January 26 helicopter accident, which claimed the lives of some of Gianna’s basketball teammates, the entire world was rocked by the loss of such immense talent, inspiration, and potential. Gianna was a budding basketball player, who trained alongside her father and had dreams of attending UConn to play college ball. One of her biggest goals was to make it to the WNBA to play professionally. During the 2020 WNBA Draft, the league honored Gianna, Payton Chester, and Alyssa Altobelli, who also perished in the crash, with honorary draft picks.

“Thank you so much for honoring my Gigi and selecting her to be an honorary draft pick this year. It would’ve been a dream come true for her,” Vanessa, holding back tears, shared during the ESPN broadcast.

On the day after the helicopter crash, UConn memorialized Gianna by keeping an open seat on their bench covered white flowers and a special Huskies jersey with her signature No. 2 on the back. “Mambacita is forever a Husky,” UConn wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of Gianna’s decorated chair.

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West Team’s Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter Gianna Bryant during halftime of the NBA All-Star basketball game on in Houston on February 17, 2013. (Photo credit: AP)

Gianna’s future was clearly so bright. Even her beloved, ‘Girl Dad’ father recognized her potential for greatness. “Fans will come up to me and she’ll be standing next to me and they’ll say, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta have a boy! You and V gotta have a boy to carry on your tradition, the legacy,’” Kobe once recounted to Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But, it was Gianna who ardently told her father’s fans, “Oi, I got this.” Kobe couldn’t help but beam while recollecting the story, telling his daughter, “That’s right! You got it!”

There are so many more precious moments between Gianna and her family to look back on. To see more photos of Vanessa and Kobe’s beloved daughter with her family, check out the gallery above.



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8 Most Shocking ‘Bachelor’ Endings Of All-Time: Peter’s Change Of Heart & MOre

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As this season of ‘The Bachelor’ winds down, we’re taking a look back at some of the show’s endings that didn’t quite go as planned!

The Bachelor has become a lot less cut and dry from the simple days of meeting a group of women, narrowing them down and choosing one to propose to! Through the years, several seasons did not end in a proposal, and many seasons had finales that totally shocked viewers, as things did not go as expected. Previews for the final two episodes of the show’s current season show star Matt James getting quite emotional as things dwindle down. Could it end just as shocking as some of these other Bachelor finales?!

Peter Weber — Season 24

Peter Weber and Hannah Ann Sluss on ‘The Bachelor’. (ABC)

Season 24 of The Bachelor starred Peter Weber. He narrowed his group of women down to two final choices, Madison Prewett and Hannah Ann Sluss. In the weeks leading up to the final rose ceremony, Madison started to have doubts about her relationship with Peter due to their difference in values. He urged her to stick around, but on their final date, she broke up with him and left the show. Peter went on to propose to Hannah Ann at the final rose ceremony, and they got engaged.

However, as the show was airing, Peter realized he still had feelings for Madison, and he and Hannah Ann ended their relationship. At the live After The Final Rose ceremony, Peter and Madison agreed to give their relationships another shot. It didn’t last long though, and they announced their breakup just days later. Weeks after filming, Peter re-connected with another contestant from his season, Kelley Flanagan, and they started dating during the spring of 2020. That relationship ended before the end of the year, although they sparked reconciliation rumors when they were spotted hanging out at the Super Bowl together.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. — Season 22

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Arie Luyendk Jr. out and about with Lauren Burnham. (MEGA)

Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor may have had an even crazier ending! Arie proposed to Becca Kufrin at the final rose ceremony, but weeks later, as the season was airing, he realized he still had feelings for his runner-up, Lauren Burnham. Cameras were there when Arie and Becca met up for a “getaway weekend”, and they captured the pair’s emotional conversation as Arie revealed his true feelings. Becca was obviously devastated as they broke up.

Arie won Lauren back and wound up proposing to her on After the Final Rose. They tied the knot in Jan. 2019 and have a daughter together. In 2020, they also announced that they’re expecting twins, due in summer 2021! Meanwhile, Becca went on to star on The Bachelorette, where she got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen, but they broke up in 2020.

Colton Underwood — Season 23

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Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph at the People’s Choice Awards. (MEGA)

Season 23, Colton Underwood’s season, also had a crazy finish. Cassie Randolph made the decision to leave the show during her fantasy suite date, after she found out that her dad didn’t give Colton his blessing to propose. Colton knew he wanted to choose Cassie, so he sent the other remaining women, Tayshia Adams and Hannah Godwin, home on the spot. Then, he fought to win Cassie back, and they left the show as a couple, but without getting engaged. They stayed together for more than a year before breaking up in 2020.

There were even more wild finishes where these came from, though! Click through the gallery above to check out the most shocking endings on The Bachelor over the years!

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Ariana Grande & 17 More Stars Pairing Oversized Shirts With Thigh-High Boots — Pics

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Who needs pants when you can pair your oversized shirt with a pair of thigh-high boots?! Stars like Ariana Grande and more have perfected this trend over the years.

It may be a weird name, but lampshading has become a popular celebrity trend in recent years. The fashion statement involves pairing thigh-high boots with an oversized shirt, sweatshirt or sweater. Ariana Grande is definitely one celebrity who favors the look, but she’s not the only one. We rounded up a bunch of stars who’ve nailed the oversized shirt/no pants look by pairing it with stylish thigh-high boots!

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Ariana Grande in a baggy sweatshirt and boots. (SplashNews)

For the past year or so, Ariana has really stayed out of the public eye. Before that, though, she favored wearing baggy sweatshirts while out and about, and she was often caught by paparazzi in the look. Ari generally dressed up her oversized sweatshirts with a pair of heeled boots, like the cream-colored shoes in the photo above. She also wore her hair long and straight to go with the simplicity of the outfit.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez in an oversized button down and boots. (SplashNews)

We’re used to seeing Jennifer Lopez in sexy, skintight outfits, but even she likes to rock a more comfortable, baggy look once in a while. She was photographed in a white, oversized button down shirt, paired with denim boots. Of course, she still made the simple look stylish with a pair of fierce sunglasses and her hair slicked back into the perfect bun.

Olivia Munn

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Olivia Munn in a long shirt and blazer. (SplashNews)

Olivia Munn showed off a dressier way to pair thigh-high boots and a big shirt. She wore her dress shirt with a vest and blazer, paired with sky-high black boots that accentuated her legs. She also rocked hoop earrings and her hair was styled in a half ponytail. Want to see how other stars have taken on the lampshading trend that Ariana and more love so much? Check out the gallery above and scroll through to see all the looks!

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Rudy Giuliani’s Daughter Is Pansexual & Says Threesomes With Couples ‘Changed’ Her Life

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In a revealing new essay, Caroline Giuliani opens up about her sexuality and how she found her voice and freedom after indulging in threesomes with couples.

Rudy Giuliani’s 32-year-old daughter, Caroline Giuliani’s, life changed when she started embracing her sexuality by becoming a “unicorn,” or someone who has threesomes with couples seeking a third partner. Caroline shared her experiences with polyamory in an essay for Vanity Fair. “I now understand that my curiosity, open-mindedness and sense of adventure are three non-negotiable, defining elements of my identity,” Caroline admitted. “But it wasn’t until I started sleeping with couples that I shed my shame about those qualities, let alone embraced them in all areas of my life.”

Caroline added that her relationships with couples, which are not always sexual, helped her “better cope with depression, anxiety, and the lingering cognitive effects of adolescent anorexia” because it “became the key to harnessing [her] voice and creative spark.” She also opened up about one specific encounter with a couple, which led her to define her sexuality. “My heightened response to their energetic flow also started me on the path to identifying as pansexual,” Caroline confirmed. “Which feels more precise than bisexuality.”

Caroline Giuliani out with her mom, Donna Hanover. ( Frank Franklin/AP/Shutterstock)

Being pansexual means that Caroline is not attracted to people based on biological sex, gender or gender identity. “I am attracted to people based on their presence and energy,” she explained, “Regardless of their biological sex, gender or gender identity.”

Caroline said that her experience as a unicorn helped her embrace parts of herself that she never was able to before. “I know now that I am empathetic, radically open-minded, profoundly adventurous and fiercely committed to telling stories that reduce the stigma surrounding sexuality and mental health — including this one, right now,” she wrote. “Before I started living the unicorn life, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to list those qualities or even feel certain that they are positive traits”

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Caroline Giuliani at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 with mom Donna Hanover. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

She concluded by explaining that the purpose of her essay was to clarify misconceptions about “sexually adventurous people,” including the notion that they’re “less responsible” because of their lifestyle. “Shining a communal light on sexuality makes it harder for darkness, like assault and trauma, to fester,” Caroline explained. “Because of my openness, I’ve dealt with everything from first dates spitting in my mouth (without consent!) to people assuring me I’ll never find a partner to start a family with. Through all of the judgement, the incredible moments of connection and transformation I’ve shared with these couples remind me that my expansive mind is a gift.”

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