Vanessa Bryant Calls Kobe Her "Soulmate" in Emotional Speech at Memorial

"May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again one day," she said in tears.

Vanessa Bryant on Monday was at a loss for words for a moment when she approached the podium at Los Angeles' Staples Center to speak during the memorial for her husband, late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and their daughter Gianna, who were killed last month along with seven others in a helicopter crash.

As she began to cry, the 20,000 people who packed into Los Angeles' Staples Center began to cheer her on, which is when she began her speech.

Starting with her daughter, Vanessa called Gianna the apple of her eye and talked about how hard she worked both on the court when playing basketball and in life, as she was a good kid who showed respect to all.

Calling Kobe her "soulmate," Vanessa recalled their life and relationship together.

"He was the most amazing husband," she said. "We balanced each other out. He was loving, adoring and romantic."

In reference to the couple's other daughters, Vanessa concluded, "Babe, you take care of our Gigi. And I got Nati, Bibi and Coco. We're still the best team. May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again on day. We love you both and miss you. Forever and always, mommy."

NBA legend Michael Jordan helped her off the stage as the arena exploded into cheers.

Beyoncé opened Monday's service, singing "XO" with a large choir and orchestra, while Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera also performed. Speakers included late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Oregon Ducks basketball star Sabrina Ionescu, WNBA star Diana Taurasi, aka the White Mamba, and Bryant's former teammate Shaquille O'Neal.

The entire Los Angeles Lakers team and numerous NBA stars, as well as other celebrities, were in attendance, including Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Jennifer Lopez. The venue was completely barricaded and L.A. police implored anyone without tickets to stay away from the area as they would not be allowed on the grounds. The celebration was shown live on local stations. 

Watch Vanessa speak about Kobe in the video player above and Gianna below. Head here for more coverage of the memorial.