Duncan spoke to Bryant at a backstage ESPN event when she was eight months pregnant. “How are you? How close are you? What do you have?” Bryant asked excitedly. When she replied that she had a girl, he gave her a high five and said, “Girls are the best.”
“I asked him for advice on how to raise girls … and he said, ‘Just be grateful that you got this gift because girls are great,” Duncan recalled. She asked Bryant, then a father of three, if he wanted more children.
“He said his wife Vanessa wanted to try again with a boy, but was jokingly concerned that it would be a different girl. I thought, ‘Four girls, are you kidding? What do you think, how do you feel? you yourself?? “” Duncan remembered.
“Without hesitation, he said: ‘I would have five girls if I could. I’m a girl, father,'” she said.
“When it came to sports, [Kobe] said his eldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and the youngest was an infant, TBD. But that middle one, he said that middle one was a monster. She is a beast. She is better than me at her age. She has it, “said Duncan.” The middle one was of course Gigi. “
“When I think about this tragedy,” Duncan concluded with tears, “I think the only little source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved most : To be a father. To be a father. “
Duncan’s story quickly went viral.
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Soon #GirlDad started to set trends, and if you want something to brighten your day, this hashtag will do it.
As the oldest girl one #girldad – 6 girls, not boys – I always find it interesting (and unintentionally backward) when people find out that my father has all girls. Your answer is usually: “Omg your poor father!”
This story about Kobe shows what a blessing it is to be a girl father ♥ ️ https://t.co/2BKMCVpEHt
– Kamie Crawford (@TheRealKamie) January 28, 2020
Coming from a family of 4 daughters who constantly hear “your poor father” or “your father probably wanted a boy”, it is amusing for me to see that #girldad trending & know the reason for it ????
– ? (@Iamkatsand) January 28, 2020
Had to update the picture for #GirlDad Trend.
I always thought I wanted a boy. Playing and training male sports for 20 years was a big reason. Now that I have a girl, I just can’t imagine anything else. I am very, very happy. #ScarJacks pic.twitter.com/xWrAiFZ4bS
– Cole Jackson (@ColeJacksonRSR) January 28, 2020
So I just found out what a #girldad is due to this #. And obviously I’m one #girldad, I have been blessed with 3 amazing and unique girls who will change the world around them. I grew up with 3 sisters and would not exchange any of them. My girls are my life. pic.twitter.com/fqFJhHtnrE
– Matt Wanless (@ walnut138) January 28, 2020
I have two wonderful daughters and my wife will often ask me if we can guarantee a son. Would I have a third one? Never. I’d rather have three girls every day. total #girldad 1000% https://t.co/ANNA68E6bA
– Jesse Kinos-Goodin (@JesseKG) January 28, 2020
On Tuesday, Duncan tweeted that she was “so moved by the support behind my story about Kobe. And I love that #girldad is trending …”
The support behind my story about Kobe moves me a lot. And I think that’s great #girldad is trendy .. so for all those proud fathers who still have their girls to love, you can flood my timeline with pictures of you and your herd. Frankly, I need it as much as everyone else now
– Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) January 28, 2020
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