In the wake of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s tragic death, celebrities are taking to social media to celebrating having daughters.
The #GirlDad trend comes following a touching tribute to the late basketball star from ESPN reporter Elle Duncan, who recalled the one time she met him and asked Bryant, who at the time had three daughters, if he wanted any more children. He responded that his wife, Vanessa, joked that they might have another girl.
“I was like, ‘Four girls, are you joking? What would you think? How would you feel?’ And, without hestitation, he said, ‘I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,'” Duncan noted. “When it came to sports, he said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player, and that the youngest was a toddler so TBD. But that middle one, he said, ‘That middle one was a monster, she’s a beast. She’s better than I was at her age, she’s got it.’ That middle one of course was Gigi.”
“When I reflect on this tragedy, and that half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose the only small source of comfort for me, is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most. Being a dad, being a girl dad,” she concluded.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 28, 2020
Since her emotional testimony had the Internet in tears, celebs from Bow Wow to Dierks Bentley and Alex Rodriguez have shared photos alongside their daughters, in honor of being #GirlDads.
See the posts below.
— Bow Wow (@smoss) January 28, 2020
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) January 28, 2020
The last time I remember John crying, aside from this week, was when Luna wrapped her little finger around his at the hospital when she was born. There really is something magical about girls and their dads. Thank you, @elleduncanESPN https://t.co/P4VL5Z8dC4 pic.twitter.com/hgWWB0DHcB
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 28, 2020
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) January 30, 2020
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 29, 2020
— AJ McLean (@aj_mclean) January 30, 2020
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) January 28, 2020