Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa 'had deal not to fly in helicopter together'

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa reportedly ‘would not fly together in a helicopter’, it’s claimed.

The retired NBA star is thought to have used a helicopter to fly around Los Angeles and to get take his 13-year-old daughter Gianna to youth basketball matches.

A source has told People that Kobe had an agreement with his wife Vanessa “that they would never fly on a helicopter together.”

The couple had been married since 2001 and Vanessa would not join her frequent flyer husband, who used helicopters for the convenience of getting around the Californian city.

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa ‘would not fly together in a helicopter’

The source also told People that Kobe, 41, only ever used Ara Zobayan as pilot, who was killed alongside the basketball star and his daughter and six others.

Kobe had previously spoken about his helicopter use, saying that he looked to the skies while playing for Los Angeles Lakers, to avoid the traffic of the often gridlocked city.

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Speaking to Alex Rodriguez in 2018, Kobe said: “I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play.

“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.”

Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa, daughter’s Gianna and Natalia

Officials carry bags of items away from the helicopter crash of NBA star Kobe Bryant as an investigation continues in Calabasas, California

Kobe was heading to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy for a youth basketball match with his daughter Gianna, along with mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser, college baseball coach Joh Altobelli abd his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, when the helicopter came down during foggy conditions in the Calabasas mountains.

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He is survived by wife Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, who was born in June 2019.

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