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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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556.

Lila    

I hoped for the best in 2003.But its time to not only get half but she needs to move on with all her dignity and their two daughters.

959 days ago
557.

snowcladd    

Just cant keep that ****y in his pants!!!

959 days ago
558.

Keitha Lindsey    

All divorces are unfortunate, but the alternative is unhappiness and arguments. For all concerned, she probably has made the best decision. I hope he will be a good father to his girls by putting them ahead of all else. God bless all 4 of them.

959 days ago
559.

ttrexxx    

soon to be the most expensive cat in the NBA...lol

959 days ago
560.

Mr J    

Men should no longer get married, nor make babies! There is going to be a feeding frenzy. The lawyers take will be 30 per cent. Of course he will be working overtime. A rich man should get a vasectomy, be a bachelor and call a day!

959 days ago
561.

Projectchild    

he he he I told you Kobe always wanted to be like me, Championsip rings,a piece on the side, and a divorce ,with one difference I had a prenup...if you add an the letter R to Kobe and rearrange the letters it spells"Broke"

959 days ago
562.

n    

Good for her.
He got away with his crime.
He is repulsive to look at, and so absorbed with his own self! EWeeeeew

959 days ago
563.

Janroc    

Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, now she's gonna take half your sh*t.....

959 days ago
564.

Barbara    

That's what you get when you marry a black basketball player. So stupid..

959 days ago
565.

Booshy    

i usually side with the men because the whole 'support' system is so uneven BUT this woman deserves any penny she can get. PERIOD.

959 days ago
566.

J Mo    

So, he has this "issue" in Colorado in 2003. Probably a crime was committed, but his attorney gets him out of it. If she did not leave him after that, how bad did it get for her to leave hime now?

959 days ago
567.

J. CRUMP    

OH WELL, HE SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT HIMSELF, WHEN HE HAD SEX WITH THE OTHER LADY, AND GOT CAUGHT. WOMEN DON'T FOR GET NOTHING LIKE THAT, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DO, OR SAY.. HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT THEN.. (SORRY)..BUT I STILL LOVE HIS GAME.

959 days ago
568.

ray    

I really have to wonder what goes through young ladies minds when they decide to get married to pro sports players.

Are they just thinking about the money and the lifestyle? Or are they really that gullible to believe these men, in the primes of their lives, full of testosterone, traveling all over the country for sometimes stretches of months at a time -- without them -- are going to just ignore their urges? They think despite the constant barrage of some of the finest women the planet has to offer, these men are going to be "faithful," huh?

I don't know who are sillier, these wives or the ball players themselves.

959 days ago
569.

Reliable Source    

AP Report - Kobe Bryant's wife says Kobe is GAY?

In a legal do***ent that is to surface today, Kobe's soon to be ex-wife sites the Bryant is actually a homosexual, and has not been living in thier household for two years. She also claims that he has had numerous affiars with teammates, and that he has never been faithful.

IS THAT WAY HE WAS SO PISSED LAMAR ODOM WAS TRADED?
EXPLAINS THE COLORADO ANAL RAPE CHARGE. WHO DOESN'T LIKE THE PINK? FAIRYS

959 days ago
570.

Georgina    

Kobe will do whatever it takes to keep her? How about staying faithful before it could even get to this point? Nah.. what a stupid idea that would be.

959 days ago
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