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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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181.

robbo comeaux    

Kobe is an egomaniac; all the man can do is play basketball; did he even graduated high school? Would NOT want this guy on my team....

978 days ago
182.

kristina Billotti    

Maybe after seeing the size boulder Kim K got for only being married for 72 days, she is hoping that by asking for a divorce he will come back with a even larger rock then last time to make Kim K's look like a pebble.

978 days ago
183.

auermama    

At least she made it to the 10 year mark. Than means she will get more spousal support.

978 days ago
184.

joe    

I wonder if she would have married him if he was just an average joe. Oh i forget she only saw love.

978 days ago
185.

Kenny    

Oh yeah....another gold digger gets what she wanted all along.American women 22-30 yo chase the $$$ then after kids and 4-8 years of marriage they kick their men out and the man gets nothing.Then he has to fight for the right to be a dad.She has no right to his 1/2 of what he has earned through his talents....period.

978 days ago
186.

TheVolleyballGod    

One major problem with this family is that Vanessa is a very beautiful woman and Kobe has handsome looks but unfortunately their children came out ugly looking. So this may have brought some unbalance to that super rich materialistic family. It is like Jay-Lo her kids came out ugly looking too and look what a slut nut she has become parading around with a punk 22 year old meat head.

978 days ago
187.

cole    

damn this ***** stupid no prenup

978 days ago
188.

EaglesNest    

Hey Kobe....what prize are you going to present to Vanessa this time? Last time it cost you $4 million, this time, she will settle for a hunk of your contract and any future earnings. Not bad for screwing around with other females. You should learn from the late Paul Newman morale standings...when asked by a reporter...has he ever strayed from his marriage, Paul simply answered..."Why should I go out for a Hamburger when I have Steak at home."

978 days ago
189.

EaglesNest    

Hey Kobe....what prize are you going to present to Vanessa this time? Last time it cost you $4 million, this time, she will settle for a hunk of your contract and any future earnings. Not bad for screwing around with other females. You should learn from the late Paul Newman morale standings...when asked by a reporter...has he ever strayed from his marriage, Paul simply answered..."Why should I go out for a Hamburger when I have Steak at home."

978 days ago
190.

writenow    

Funny reporting. It's not "Kobe says he'll pay." That's what the judge says. Bet Kobe wishes they could get on the Secret dockets list.

978 days ago
191.

sully    

Kobe just got punked, half his $ gone, plus massive child support which will continue about 15 years after he retires.
Before he hits his mid forties he'll be bankrupt.GAME OVER.

978 days ago
192.

sandra    

Yeh what goes around comes around. My question is what took her so long. He may be a great athlete, but who cares he's a lousy individual. Arrogant, full of himself and a narcistist.

978 days ago
193.

Erin    

Watch out for KimK...A black athlete and his name starts with a "K"....awe sweet!!

978 days ago
194.

Nayners57    

I don't know how she was able to look at that ugly face for 10 years. He looks like an alien.

978 days ago
195.

EDEN    

What goes around comes around. She was the homewrecker that came between Kobe and his girl the first time. Don't get pissed cuz it got done to you. Guess she'll be on the next season of basketball wives

978 days ago
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