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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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571.

Edward    

well I hope everythings turns out ok for the kids sake. Also visit wwww.weightloss4health.org. I tried some of there fat burning products it really works. Good stuff.

957 days ago
572.

Lisa    

First a lockdown, now a 'get the hell out.' Looks like three pointers don't always win a game. She's not digging for gold, she's sick of having to pretend it's all golden. If she wanted everything she would've been out the arena a long time ago. She's stuck by him and her commitment to marriage. I'm sure this wasn't easy and I wish her and their children well. Kobe you can't play for both teams on the court. And free throws don't mean three hoes.

957 days ago
573.

Marcia    

It's remarkable how most of these comments reflect the deterioration of family values, and stresses Woman as an object or liability, rather than a lifelong partnet,,,,shame on the men who focus more on the prenup and on the game rather than on the homewrecking behavior he dislayed....If you want to play, play, but make it clear so no one gets hurt. That's the difference between a man and a pig....betcha if it was the other way around eberybody would be talking abou how indecent she is and "how she used HIS money to prance around"....totally unfair and inequitable...keep degenerating our values and the right to natural law as Locke states....and then blame it on us women!!!!

957 days ago
574.

Chris    

Ohh No…!!! Please guys can’t we talk about peace and let Kobe and wife be in Peace as One…. don’t u just open ur mouth to say ur happy that they should divorce. Vanessa hold onto him don’t allay people who those not no what is marriage to deceive you in life.

Just be urself and call him one on one and talk to him on he’s mistakes okay and he will listing to u. like other men do. Thank You

957 days ago
575.

Marcia    

She stuck by him...obviously his behavior didnt change. No man (or woman) should have to stay aside someone who does not honor and cherish him/her. The fact that she left him after years of sticking with him THROUGH ALLEGED RAPE ACCUSATIONS speaks a lot about her character and the intent to preserve her family.....he surely didn't change...and once the trust is gone...anything can and WILL be used against you....botoom line...don't start none won't be none.

957 days ago
576.

kaden    

THEY MAKE TO MUCH MONEY GET BORED AFTER THEY BUY EVERYTHING THEY WANT, THEN THEY CHEAT.CHEATING MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE BIG MEN.I WOULD SAY MOST OF THEM CHEAT. WOMEN GET A PRE NUP, IF THEY CHEAT YOU GET IT ALL, LIKE CHELSE CLINTON HAS.

957 days ago
577.

Connie    

What goes around, comes around. No nup, frosting on the cake.

957 days ago
578.

tim    

Kobe is a sexual predator. Should be shot.

957 days ago
579.

Dave    

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

How about not cheating on her ya dumbass! Another Tiger Woods... very disappointed Kobe.

957 days ago
580.

Dave    

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

How about not cheating on her ya dumbass! Another Tiger Woods...very disappointed Kobe.

957 days ago
581.

Ryan    

Which goes to show you, it does not matter how hot, fine, bangin', or smokin' a chick is, after a few weeks in the sack, it's all the same boring crap. So guys, try to find a girl with a mind and personality besides just a cute face. Trust me, that's a LOT harder to find than a chick with a nice ass!

957 days ago
582.

oldwomenshouldbehave    

he cheated too much, but she stayed all those other time, to encourage him to keep cheating, so why leave now. lol she thought her beauty was gonna change him...women tend to think like that

957 days ago
583.

dlucas    

I smell a KIM AND KOBE reality series... He's perfect for her, he's black and he's an athlete, seems to be the only thing she looks for...

957 days ago
584.

Smilin' Ted    

Somebody warn Albert Pujols about the LA scene please. My over / under for his marriage is the 2012 All Star break.

957 days ago
585.

Kay-Kay    

I really fee for V, She is standing up now. I am in your corner V be strong! You have out up with a lot..You put your time in all the mess he put you through. She has shown us how strong of a woman she is. Kobe, I really hope you learn from all of this. She put up with another child in Italy around the same age as her own (That's a lot) for a woman to deal with...Do you V...you are a great mother and you have a lot of love out here!! Love you V...

957 days ago
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