"I've been apart of their lives before they were even thought of," La La Anthony said of Vanessa Bryant's daughters

La La Anthony and Vanessa Bryant aren't just friends — they're family.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Anthony, 39, spoke about her close relationship with Bryant, 38, and being "Auntie La La" to Bryant's daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka Bella, 3½, and 16-month-old Capri Kobe. (Her fourth daughter, Gianna, died in the Calabasas helicopter crash in January alongside dad Kobe Bryant).

Anthony explained to ET that her and husband Carmelo Anthony 's 13-year-old son Kiyan's relationship with the Bryant girls is "one of the most important parts" of the two families' bond.

"To have our kids be able to grow up together, they look at themselves as cousins and they do a lot together," Anthony explained. "Kiyan's the oldest, but all the kids look up to Kiyan. "

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She added in the interview, “It’s really cool just to see our kids grow up together and be able to have so many great experiences together. You want that as friends, so that's a beautiful thing to see."

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Anthony went on to talk about her relationship with the Bryant girls, explaining that she's "seen them grow their entire lives."

"I've been apart of their lives before they were even thought of," she said in the interview. "Just to continue to be apart of their journey is amazing and to be Auntie La La and always be there for them no matter what is an amazing thing and a responsibility I don't take lightly."

"That's my family and that's what it's always gonna be," Anthony continued. "I'm always gonna have their best interests at heart no matter what and do whatever I can and continue to make sure they're happy and smiling and enjoying life and just being great people."

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Anthony previously told ET in September — eight months after Kobe and Gianna's tragic deaths — that Vanessa is "the strongest woman I know."

"I tell her all the time," Anthony said, adding that she is "always going to be there for her and the girls and just, you know, want to see her just continue to be strong and amazing."