Kobe and Vanessa Bryant reportedly had a pact not to ride in a helicopter together

  • Kobe and Vanessa Bryant reportedly had a pact that they would never ride in a helicopter together.
  • Kobe Bryant, 41, and the Bryants’ 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.
  • The retired NBA star said in a podcast in 2018 that he began traveling in helicopters so he would have more time to spend with his daughters instead of sitting in Los Angeles traffic.
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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had a pact that they would never ride in a helicopter together, a source told People magazine.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and the Bryants’ 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.

“He and Vanessa had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together,” a source told People magazine. The source added that Bryant would ride in helicopters only if they were piloted by Ara Zobayan, who was the pilot in Sunday’s crash and was also killed.

The magazine did not elaborate on the Bryants’ rationale, though some couples with children avoid flying together in case something goes wrong.

While there are indeed few photos of the couple together on helicopter rides, they did document one trip on Valentine’s Day 2015. The photos, which were posted on Vanessa Bryant’s now-private Instagram, were saved in a celebrity blog at the time.

Bryant shared one photo of the Valentine’s Day trip on his Instagram page, with the caption “Happy Valentine’s Day #Vino #QueenV.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day #Vino #QueenV

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Kobe Bryant and Gianna are survived by Vanessa Bryant and the couple’s three other daughters: Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3; and Capri, who was born in June.

Kobe Bryant said in a 2018 podcast for Barstool Sports that he began traveling in helicopters so he would have more time to spend with his daughters instead of sitting in Los Angeles traffic.

“Traffic started getting really, really bad, and I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play, because I was sitting in traffic,” he said during the podcast. “I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time.

“So that’s when I looked into helicopters, to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes and that’s when it started,” he added.

In the podcast, Bryant elaborated on how important family time was to him, even if just to drop them off at school.

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