MIAMI — Shakira and Jennifer Lopez promised to recollect Kobe Bryant on the Tremendous Bowl 54 halftime present in Miami on Sunday.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers at Arduous Rock Stadium precisely every week after the deaths of Bryant; his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; and 7 different individuals in a helicopter crash in California.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers, was a task mannequin for lots of the NFL gamers who will take the sphere Sunday.
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Shakira, who will carry out at halftime of the Tremendous Bowl as a co-headliner with Lopez, revealed her longtime boyfriend, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, was additionally deeply affected by the information and mentioned she might be pondering of Bryant when she performs Sunday.
“Gerard, my accomplice, referred to as me with the unhappy information, he was affected as a result of he knew Kobe and I knew him, too, he went to one among my exhibits,” Shakira mentioned.
“I am unable to think about the ache that his household have to be going via proper now. Life is so fragile and that is why we now have to stay each second as intensely as we will.
“I feel we’ll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday and we might be celebrating life and variety on this nation. I am certain he could be very proud to see the message that we’re going to be attempting to convey on stage that day.
“I feel it is a vital second for the Latino group on this nation. The Tremendous Bowl is a really American occasion, it is as American as it could possibly get, and I feel it should be very good that it is also going to be a reminder of the heritage of this nation, which is one among variety; that is what we might be celebrating on Sunday.”
Lopez posted an emotional tribute to Bryant and his household on Instagram and he or she was choked up discussing the affect it had had on her and her fiance, MLB nice Alex Rodriguez.
“I used to be in the course of rehearsing and speaking about this present and Alex got here to me with tears in his eyes and he mentioned, ‘You are not going to imagine what occurred’,” Lopez defined.
“He was devastated. He knew Kobe very properly, they got here up collectively and entered sports activities across the identical time. He was simply devastated. I knew Kobe and (his widow) Vanessa extra in passing. He had come to my final present in Vegas, the each of them, as a date evening. We had a wonderful evening that evening.
“I feel it is affecting all people a lot as a result of it is simply reminding us once more how fragile life is, how we now have to understand each single second, how we now have to like individuals after they’re right here and never wait. How we do not get the chance — it may be taken away from us so simply.
“Then I take into consideration Vanessa as a mother and shedding her finest good friend and accomplice, and shedding her youngster. I feel how terrible that should for her be proper now. I simply needed to ship her a message and simply been praying that God guides her via each second as a result of she has three extra infants to care for.
“Simply wishing that the nightmare was over however it’s not going to be and that is life, we now have to hold on however on the identical time it impacts us and can have an effect on us endlessly. Hopefully we’ll bear in mind this second and what we’re attempting to do is unfold love, kindness and convey all people collectively.
“On this week, this taking place has a sound world wide that we now have to like one another, and we now have to be collectively and assist one another. We will not be so at odds on a regular basis and that is a part of our mission and message too.”