Vanessa Bryant has declared that her personal relationship with her mother, Sofia Laine, is now virtually over, after she granted a tell-all interview in which she spoke of alleged ill-treatment by her daughter.
This week, Bryant’s mother Sofia Laine claimed in an interview with Univision that the 38-year-old forced her out of a family home, as well as made her return a car she used.
In response, Bryant said despite the support she and late husband, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, had given her mother for the best part of two decades, she still felt the need to slander her daughter’s name and play victim.
“My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly and yet my mom has the audacity to do an interview on TV talking negatively about me while shedding tears about a car and home that wasn’t in her name,” she said in a statement.
“She has removed all her diamond jewellery, emptied her apartment that I provide, and put the furniture in storage to appear as though she is without support,” Bryant said.
“My husband and I have financially supported her over the past 20 years, and I continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony.”
The statement continued, “Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive for my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away.
“Going forward, I see what is most important to my mom and it is beyond hurtful. I hope this public airing of our personal relations will stop here.”
In the interview with Univision, Laine claimed: “She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house.’ She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now.”