Vanessa Bryant, wife of late basketball star Kobe Bryant, criticized rapper Meek Mill for referencing her husband’s helicopter death in his latest song.
The Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has faced backlash over the past week after his song “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” featuring rapper Lil Baby was leaked online.
On the floor, Mill raps: “If I ever miss it, I will go out with my helicopter, it will be another Kobe.”
Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in January 2020 in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.
The lyrics prompted Vanessa Bryant to post an Instagram story criticizing Mill.
“I find this line extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” he wrote. “I don’t know anything about your music, but I think you can do better than this. If you’re a fan that’s fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”
Several people came to Vanessa Bryant’s defense, including WNBA player Candace Parker, a close friend of the Bryants.
“Dear @vanessabryant, I’m sorry YOU and your GIRLS have to continually deal with S — like this,” Parker wrote in an Instagram post that was shared by Vanessa Bryant.
“It’s not fair, it’s not right! We love you and I’m continually in awe of your ability to take the high road. So I’ll do the same and tell everyone.”
Mill said in a Twitter post on Tuesday he reached out to Vanessa Bryant and apologized privately, instead of issuing a public apology.
“Nothing I say on my page is directed at a viral moment on the Internet or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving, change the subject!” added.
Vanessa Bryant recently spoke about her grief and the importance of persevering in an Instagram story last month.
“Pain is a messy accumulation of emotions. One day you’re laughing and the next day you don’t feel like being alive,” he wrote in a post shortly before the first anniversary of the accident.
“I want to say this for people who are struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live. I know it’s difficult. I look at my daughters and try to get over that feeling for them. Death is guaranteed, but living the rest. of the day is not. Find your reason. “