On Wednesday, Vanessa Bryant called out celebrity and entertainment magazine “Us Weekly” on Instagram.
She posted a teaser from the magazine that read, “For more on Vanessa’s life without Kobe and Gianna, watch the video above and grab the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.” Above that, Vanessa wrote, “Please stop” alongside a broken heart emoji.
In another Instagram Story, she showed a snippet of the magazine’s story which claimed she was “leaning on her faith and her sister, Sophie Laine” to get through her grief.
Vanessa wrote, “@usweekly – please stop. No story needed. Obviously we’re grieving. I don’t know who Sophie Laine is. My last name isn’t even Laine … ‘springs.'”
Vanessa’s husband, Kobe, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash on January 26 on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy, where Kobe was going to coach Gianna in a basketball game to youth.
Vanessa spoke publicly for the first time after the Feb. 24 crash at Kobe and Gianna’s public memorial at Staples Center.
“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Vanessa said in tears. “He had to take them back together to heaven.”
This is far from the first time that Vanessa has felt taken advantage of and despised since the crash.
Last month, her attorney Gary C. Robb said in a statement that Vanessa was devastated by allegations that sheriff’s deputies shared photos of the crash site where Kobe and Gianna were killed.
“First responders must be trustworthy,” Robb said in the statement. “It is inexcusable and deplorable that certain deputies at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Substation, other surrounding substations and LACOFD have allegedly failed in their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency. , respect and the right to privacy of the victims and their families.”