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Kobe Bryant's Wife

Files For Divorce

He Cheated Too Much

12/16/2011 4:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Divorce Documents
Kobe Bryant
's wife has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned. 

Vanessa Bryant filed legal docs Friday afternoon, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Vanessa -- who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 -- decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful ... again.

As one source puts it, "She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough," adding, "This one is the straw that broke the camel's back."

And our sources say ... Kobe "desperately" wants to win Vanessa back and will do "whatever it takes" to save their 10 1/2 year marriage.

According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters -- 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Gianna -- but Vanessa is asking that Kobe get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time.

We've learned the couple has NO PRENUP, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the empire Kobe built over the last decade.

She's also requesting spousal support ... which is typical in divorce cases.  Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support.

According to the docs, Vanessa is being repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser and attorney Samantha Klein. Wasser reps oodles of celebs, including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Kim Kardashian.

Kobe went to the Jay-Z concert Tuesday night in L.A. without Vanessa, and people who saw him there say he looked miserable.

Kobe Bryant SadVanessa signed the divorce petition on December 1.  Kobe signed his response on December 7.

Oh yeah, that $4 million ring Kobe gave Vanessa after the 2003 scandal .... It's all hers.  A gift is a gift.

The Bryants released a joint statement ... saying they have "resolved all issues" privately, with the assistance of counsel.


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Ha Ha. Too funny. She waited the 10 years, so she can get his benefits for life now!!! Smart woman...

1005 days ago


I can't think of anyone more deserving than Kobe Bryant. He brought it on himself.

1005 days ago


not exactly a shocker. It's to bad these guys don't marry black and at least keep the money in the black community. double shame on him!

1005 days ago


Vanessa, you have alot of class. I love Kobe but for his talent only. I have a lot of respect for you. You have endured so much in your life with Kobe. You take that well deserved money and carve a life for you!! Have fun. Kobe you owe it to your fans to do good by Vanessa and focus on the game now...

1005 days ago


Although I don't condone Kobe's behavior, I don't feel the least bit sorry for Vanessa. It's a well known fact that many pro athletes cheat on their wives. If she's been thinking all these years that she could eventually 'change his ways', then she obviously must be living in her own fantasy world. Either that or she has been riding out the storm in hopes of a big payday. In the end, it's usually all about the money anyway.

1005 days ago

Kinkee Pinkee    

Run Vanessa Run. You waited too long to do it but it's NEVER too late. Don't ever look back.

1005 days ago


He is a pig!! Look what he threw away!Why are men so stupid?

1005 days ago


of COURSE he wants her back!!! What a *********!!! If he'd have kept it in his pants,, but noooooo... He's a STAR!! He
could care less at the time,, but now it's too late... She is GORGEOUS AND faithful and will also have his bank account!! But, he wants her BACK!! Oh,,, too bad Kobe... I hope she keeps her word and keeps his $$$$ too!! Will serve him right..

1005 days ago


It couldn't have happened to a more deserving man.

1005 days ago

Mike Augustiny    

Respect her. She has an amazing education (high school cosmetology student), is known as the bitch of Staples Center for the way she treats workers, and has pursued an admirable career on her own(?). Surely, she deserves 300 million or so.
Your parents were right, Kobe. What the hell were you thinking? A man cheats because it isn't happening at home. And you want her back???

1005 days ago


You mean people are actually shocked.....man please....some people repent and are truly sorry, I am not shocked about Kobe at all.

1005 days ago


Yay! Kobe is a jackass.

1005 days ago


The giant ring only bought him some time. It's like putting a quarter in a parking meter. The red "expired" flag is just lying in wait. Boom. No prenup. Boom.

1005 days ago


This really has not hit Kobi as yet,when those two beautiful daughters and their mother move's out, then the **** shall hit the fan. All the money in the world will never bring happiness to either, however, the exwife will do much better than Kobi. She has thought this thing out really well, and mentally has moved on. All in All, the daughters are the ones who loose not having both parents at home.
Yes exwife, go and get a BRINKS ARMOURED TRUCK for the haul, it shall be huge for the rest of your life.

1005 days ago

G Wiz    

Too much money & not enough Brains. Bouncing the big rubber ball thats all.

1005 days ago
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