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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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A man should never marry. No doubt the percentage of married people is on decline.

1007 days ago


What a great way to earn money. No doubt marriage is outdated.

1007 days ago


Vanessa Bryant is a gold digging bitch. I have no idea why Kobe wouldn't get a prenup, unless he actually loved her. And for the sexual assault charges in 2003, every NBA player has a hard time not cheating no matter who he is. A ll the gold digging bitches will be at all their games, stalking them, waiting outside their hotel rooms, stalking their family, to try to get knocked up by the players and either marry them or get child support. Kobe probably just couldn't keep it in anymore and he had pretty much no time to see a therapist because of his NBA schedule and practices. That bitch who charged Kobe for sexual assault probably seduced him and was sucking his **** before he even knew what was happening. I think Vanessa picked this exact time to get divorced on purpose instead of the earlier months of the year because she didn't want Kobe and the Lakers to have a good season because she's a bitch. And what about their two daughters, doesn't she care about what they think. Vanessa should at least try to see herself in Kobe's shoes. He married he without a prenup which probably means he loves her, he bought her a four million dollar ring, and never left her or divorced her for some younger girls.

1007 days ago

joe johnson    

Great! its time to get a new babydoll anyway! Im not saying shes a golddigeer but she aint messing with no broke

1007 days ago


CHA CHING!!!! I bet he'll do anything -EXCEPT- too late SUCKER!!! I hope she takes your ass to the cleaners, because you just don't get it until you get it, like the rest of the brothta's

1007 days ago


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

Hey Kobe, have you ever thought about keeping your crayon in your pants?

1007 days ago


rich guys must consider being single have priority over getting married, due to the availible women out there.

1007 days ago


I feel you dog ~ when sin is forgiven and the sting of it removed, we humans tend to remember only that the sting is removed. We forget the pain it caused the other person. So doing it again seems no worse than the first time. Actually it feels less painful to us. But to the other person, it's pain is summed. We get seared in conscience until it is an acceptable way of life, but the one we hurt gets bloodied until there is nothing left to give so they leave. In the end, we feel pain again, but not in the area we should. We suffer the death of a part that was still alive toward the other person, the way they suffered over and over again. It is the nature of sin to kill relationships and our own hearts with it.

1007 days ago


Black guys are always unfaithful, it's in their DNA

1007 days ago


for people like us that can't afford these expensive lawyers like obe you can go to www.prepaidlegal.com/go/jim****ey and get top notch legal help at the fraction of a cost. This is going to be a big distraction for kobe this year!

1007 days ago

i said lesbians...    

hes a cheater and shes a gold digger...it alll evens out

1007 days ago


I don't see how both of these statements can be true.

Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition ...

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

1007 days ago

Frank T     

Too bad Kobe, you must be nuts for not having a prenup. No wonder you don't want a divorce! You're pay and pay and pay.

1007 days ago


Smart lady. She hung in there for 10 years. After 10 years she is entitled to 100% of his Social security benefits whether he remarries or not. Go girl.

1007 days ago

Josie Kunkle    

Here's a comment about that 4 million dollar ring; this article makes it seem like she has 4 million dollars in it, but she can't sell that, who would buy it in today's economy? And she can't eat it, either. She can't even get a loan out against it, if she needs to.

1007 days ago
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