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Kobe Bryant bought the blue dress from The Notebook for wife Vanessa Bryant for Valentine’s Day

Kobe Bryant gifted Vanessa the actual blue dress from The Notebook (Picture: AP/Rex)

Vanessa Bryant revealed that Kobe Bryant once bought her the actual notebook and blue dress from The Notebook because of the significance it held for them.

At the memorial for Kobe, 41, and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were both killed alongside seven others in a helicopter crash in January, Vanessa revealed the basketball star’s romantic side.

She told the crowd: ‘[He was the] truly romantic one in our relationship. He just thought outside the box and was so thoughtful, even while working hard to be the best athlete.

‘He gifted me the actual notebook and the blue dress that Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie.’

She revealed that that particular outfit had special significance to the couple, explaining: ‘When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it was a scene when Allie came back to Noah.’

Kobe and Vanessa’s relationship had had its ups and downs over the years, with Vanessa filing for divorce in 2011;

However, she announced in 2013 that the couple had reconciled and that their ‘divorce action will be dismissed’.


This was the same year she posted a throwback photo of the gift on social media, so the symbolism of her ‘coming back’ to Kobe makes sense.

She added: ‘We had hoped to grow old together like the movie. We really had an amazing love story. We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people, making a beautiful love story and raising our sweet and amazing girls.’

The couple shared four daughters (Picture: Vanessa Bryant / Instagram)

The couple had four daughters together – 17-year-old Natalia, Bianka, three, and Capri, eight months, as well as Gianna who died alongside her father.

She had shared the gift with her Instagram followers in 2013, writing: ‘#ThrowbackThursday One of my favorite Valentine’s day gifts from my husband was the blue dress, shoes and THE notebook from the Notebook Movie he gave me years ago.

‘(The notebook is a prop but it still has sentimental value). Happy Valentine’s Day! #tbt #Valentinesday #LoveStory #TheNotebook #Love’.

What an incredible gift.

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