The world rallied around Vanessa Bryant and her surviving children after NBA icon Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. in January.
But a dark side of Vanessa is emerging months after the tragic accident.
Vanessa’s mother, Sofia Laine was there for her daughter immediately after the tragedy, helping to care for Vanessa’s minor children while Vanessa grieved.
Sofia was also there in 2003 to help pick up the pieces when Vanessa fell apart emotionally after Kobe was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a resort employee in Colorado.
Sofia recently sat down for an in-depth interview on “El Gordo and La Flaca” to expose her daughter for who she really is.
In the interview, conducted entirely in Spanish, Sofia claims Vanessa kicked her out of the Bryant mansion and repossessed a car she had given her.
In a promo video posted on Instagram, Sofia is in tears as she explains that her daughter abandoned her and left her destitute.
The caption translated in English reads: “This Monday, @davevaladez speaks in #Exclusive with the mother of Vanessa Bryant who is in abandonment and sadness after the death of her son[-in-law].”
Few on social media are shedding tears for Sofia, pictured far right with Kobe and Vanessa at the Staples Center with her grandchildren: Natalia (far left), Bianka (on Kobe’s lap) and Gianna in 2017.
Fans recall in the early days of Kobe and Vanessa’s relationship when Kobe forsake his own parents to lavish gifts on Sofia – including a new home and cars.
The interview airs Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. on “El Gordo and la Flaca” on Univision.