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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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16.

Deesnuts    

NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT at the beginning of the season!!!

979 days ago
17.

patty    

holy cow, this can't be happening now - first we loose lamar, now kobe won't be able to play - he'll be the tiger woods of basketball - lakers really screwed themselves

979 days ago
18.

baystreet    

TO ALL GUYS: GET A PRE-NUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

979 days ago
19.

Dan    

F*ck cheaters. Who the f*ck does he think he is.

979 days ago
20.

Deesnuts    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

979 days ago
21.

Arcadia Rink    

Wow! I give Vanessa Bryant a lot of R E S P E C T. Best of luck to you and your daughters.

979 days ago
22.

Liz    

I hope she takes him for everything. I have never liked Kobe, always seemed like an arrogant a$$. Wow you can throw a ball into a basket and get paid more than any of us normal people could ever imagine. Doesn't give you the right to put it in any woman you want. It is sad when someone is more loyal to their team than their wife.

979 days ago
23.

patty    

i don't think a prenup would have made difference they been together b4 he got te big laker money any way

979 days ago
24.

joey    

how long till kim kardashian starts dating him ??

979 days ago
25.

Kabala    

Just a little cheating is OK but he just cheated too damn much. That cheater.

979 days ago
26.

baystreet    

I don't think this is true. The gold digger wants half and wants to leave. Kobe why didn't u get a prenup??????

979 days ago
27.

UPYOURS    

He will do whatever it takes to save his 10 1/2 year marriage? In the words of Judge Marilyn Milian, I wouldn't believe him if his tongue came notarized. How about keeping your zipper up? Think that might work? Seriously, why would you continually cheat? You obviously have no respect for you wife and family. So, now we will see dear little Kobe run to rehab for sex addiction and gross stupidity. Never have liked that pig.

979 days ago
28.

ImExOh    

Watch out Kobe... You will have KIM K stalking the **** out of you til you fall for her big booty. They do say she is always competing with her sis Khloe and you can't beat landing a LAKER specially KOBE. Poor Vaness and the kids :( but I am sure they will be more than well taken care of.

979 days ago
29.

Joey    

Kobe is the most talented athlete I've ever seen, but he is one arrogant ass, and his cheating on his wife is legendary here in L.A. He's getting what he deserves. Looks like its going to be an around sucky season for us Lakers fans. Time to start checking out the Clippers.

979 days ago
30.

deborah    

California is one of a few states where you can benefit in alimony payments from staying married 10 years or longer. In this situation, the spouse earning less income retains the right to be paid alimony for as long as he or she needs, and as long as the paying spouse can pay.

979 days ago
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