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Vanessa Bryant admits she was ‘reluctant’ to go on trip to Italy

“I’m so glad I did it!”

From the look of it, Vanessa Bryant had an amazing time on her recent trip to Italy--but the 39-year-old just admitted that it almost didn’t happen.

Over the weekend, the star flew to Venice, Italy to attend the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show, which took place amid the 2021 Venice Film Festival. While photos and multiple posts from the even show Vanessa enjoying herself and her famous company, she revealed in a recent post that she was hesitant to go on the trip at first.

“I was reluctant to get away but I’m so glad I did it!,” she wrote alongside a series of photos on Tuesday, August 31. ”It was so nice to enjoy life a little bit and think about everything I have on my plate. This was so good for my soul. Thank you so much for an amazing weekend, Domenico & Stefano @dolcegabbana.”

Along with the heartfelt, honest caption, Bryant also shared a few selfies alongside designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana along with two solo shots of herself enjoying the festivities.

Over the course of the past year and a half, Vanessa has been dealing with the loss of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their daughter, 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, in a helicopter crash over Calabasas in January 2020. The late Lakers legend’s birthday just passed, on August 23, which also happened to be her eldest daughter, 18-year-old Natalia Bryant’s first day at USC. She is also mother to Bianka Bryant, 4, and Capri Bryant, 2.

Beyond the mourning of her husband and her baby girl, Bryant has been dealing with a lot of other logistics surrounding their death and Kobe’s estate. Back in June, she reached a confidential settlement to end her lawsuit against the helicopter company she blamed for the death of her husband and daughter.

Earlier this month, she also settled a lawsuit filed against her by her own mother, Sofia Laine, who accused her daughter of fraud in a lawsuit filed December 15. In the suit, Sofia alleged she had worked for years without pay as a “personal assistant and nanny” to her daughter’s family and that Kobe promised to support her financially before he passed away.

Clearly, Vanessa has a lot on her plate, so it’s nice to see her enjoying some time away to get her mind off things with some good friends, good food, and great fashion.

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