Bianka Bryant, the six-year-old daughter of the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, experienced a heartwarming moment during Taylor Swift’s concert at SoFi Stadium. As part of her Eras tour, Swift has been gifting her black fedora from the song “22” to lucky fans in the crowd, and this time, Bianka was the recipient. The magical interaction between the young fan and the superstar performer was captured on video and shared on social media, delighting fans worldwide.
The Bryant family has been known to be big fans of Taylor Swift, and their connection goes back several years. In 2015, Kobe Bryant joined Swift onstage during an L.A. concert to unveil a banner celebrating her 16 sellouts at the venue, then known as Staples Center. Fast forward to 2018, the Bryants attended another Swift show at the Rose Bowl, where Vanessa, Natalia, Gianna, and Kobe were filmed singing and dancing to “Shake It Off.” After the performance, Natalia and Gianna had the opportunity to meet Swift backstage.
During Swift’s recent concert at SoFi Stadium, Bianka found herself standing at the front and center on the top step in front of the stage. As the song “22” played, Swift approached Bianka mid-song, dropped to her knees, and enveloped her in a warm hug. Swift then playfully placed her iconic black fedora on the beaming child’s head, followed by another hug and a kiss. The crowd cheered, and Swift continued with her performance, leaving a joyful Bianka with a cherished souvenir.
The entire Bryant family was present at the concert, watching from their designated celebrity viewing area, a little tent where Swift’s famous friends enjoy the show. Vanessa Bryant took to her Instagram stories earlier in the day, sharing pictures of a denim jean jacket featuring a photo of Kobe onstage with Swift. The jacket also had the heartfelt lyrics “Say You’ll Remember Me” from Swift’s hit song “Wildest Dreams,” and Vanessa added the names of Swift, Kobe, and “Mambacita” (the nickname of their late daughter, Gianna) inside a heart on the front of the jacket.
Vanessa expressed her gratitude to Taylor Swift on Instagram, captioning a photo of Bianka with “My happy girl” and adding, “Thank you @taylorswift !!!! We lysm!! ❤️” The Bryant family’s connection with Swift has been one of shared joy and admiration for each other’s talents, and this special moment with Bianka was no exception. The heartwarming interaction added another beautiful memory to the Bryant family’s cherished experiences.
As the video of the magical moment circulates on social media, fans continue to express their love and support for both Taylor Swift and the Bryant family. This unique connection between music and sports has created a bond that transcends the stage and the basketball court, leaving a lasting impact on both the artists and their fans.