Emotions ran high at Joost van der Westhuizen’s Memorial when his estranged wife Amor Vittone gave a touching speech in tribute to the late Rugby legend.
The memorial which took on Friday afternoon left a lot of attendees in tears. Barely able to hold back the tears, Amor took a trip down memory lane, reflecting on how appropriate it was that Joost’s final send-off was at Loftus Versveld Stadium. This is because it was a place he called “home”.
Amor talked about their love story which she said was nothing short of a “fairytale”.
“He swept me off my feet, together we travelled the world and made wonderful memories. He challenged me to live life to the fullest and for a time I was living my fairytale,” said Amor.
Though they faced some challenges in their fairytale, their children helped build an unbreakable bond.
“Jordan and Kylie were, and are, the most important tie that we share. The love for our children bound us together. I won’t lie that I’m scared of raising our children alone. But I have to help them find the best of their father in them, it is what Joost would have wanted,” she said.
Speaking to her kids about their dad’s legacy, the Afrikaans singer told them; “He showed you how to be a fighter. He gave you so much more that will live on with you forever.”
Amor is convinced that all these years, Joost fought so fiercely for their children. She wrapped up her speech by thanking the Springbok for everything they shared together.
“I’m sure Joost is sprinting down some green rugby field, he is free from his disease and the body that tested him so cruelly. Thank you Joost for being my first love, our fairytale, and for the most precious gift Kylie and Jordan. Now you are celebrating your victory with the angels in heaven and God.”
Prior to Joost van der Westhuizen’s Memorial, Amor shared a tribute video filled with memories with the late legend.