Taylor Swift gives Kobe Bryant's daughter 'Folklore' cardigan

Kobe Bryant joined Taylor Swift onstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during her “1989” tour in 2015.
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Taylor Swift performs during the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2019Emma McIntyre / AMA2019/Getty Images for dcp

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By Gwen Aviles

Taylor Swift gave Kobe Bryant's oldest daughter, Natalia, a replica of the cardigan she wore in a music video from her latest album, "Folklore."

"Thank you SO much @taylorswift," Bryant, 17, wrote on her Instagram story Saturday. "I am OBSESSED with ‘folklore’!!!"

Taylor Swift's Folklore was released on Friday.Beth Garrabrant

Swift has been sending sweaters to celebrities like Jonathan Van Ness and Jennifer Hudson to promote "Folklore," which was released Friday and sold more than 1.3 million copies across the world over the course of 24 hours, according to Variety. She is also selling the cream cable-knit sweater, which features gray stars on the elbows, on her website for $49, along with digital copies of the album and other merchandise. She wears the sweater in the music video for her song "Cardigan."

“Thank You Taylor Swift #Cardigan,” Natalia’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a picture of her daughter smiling while holding up the sweater.

The Bryant family have been Swift fans for years. Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash with his daughter, Gianna, in January, joined Swift onstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during her “1989” tour in 2015 and in 2018, the Bryant family met the artist backstage at a Pasadena show during her “Reputation” tour.

"My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy," Swift wrote in a tribute to the eights victims of the January helicopter crash. "Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight."