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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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601.

redbuns    

no big surprise here. learning from tiger's ex-wife?

937 days ago
602.

Hung    

Playah gone b a Playah

937 days ago
603.

lady bug    

you know it said what God has put together,no man should take apart. but u sure did a good job of taking ur marriage apart.i hp for ur sake tht u and ur wife can stay together for ur children sake, but if u cant then i hope the parting will be a good one,and i pray tht u get along for the kids sake,their ar the innosence ones.Good Luck

937 days ago
604.

CC    

She about to get half of everything he got in the past 10.5 years that they were married. If she never remarries she is getting alimony for life too! Good she set, don't need to rely on just child support. Maybe she will get a job just for fun and go on basketball wives, to add a job to her life credits.

937 days ago
605.

Alexander    

It's about time Kobe has been cheating on her for a long time we all know that. If he loved her he would be faithful I just feel sorry for her because she is heartbroken. As for him well he will get a hooker for the night. Lol

937 days ago
606.

TITANIA MORRIS    

WISHING UA'LL AND THE KIDS THE BEST GOD BLESS)))

937 days ago
607.

jeannette    

Thank God we have one respectable athelete Tim Te bow.

937 days ago
608.

schnazzybo    

how bout because shes still young and fine and payback is a bitch? She stayed through a lot of crap, now its time SHE was rich!

937 days ago
609.

jojig    

i hate kobe bryant with a passion, he symbolizes everything that discusts me. he never gave a dime to charity, its all about him and how to bribe his x or future wife . HE IS A PIECE OF **** Min line philly ****** , **** him.!!!!

937 days ago
610.

ROBERTO Onofre    

I'T IS SO CAL THAT GOLD DIGGER!!!

937 days ago
611.

jim bob    

dang kobe, somebody gonna do her in the dookie shoot, get my drift, shaq laughing his ass off right about now, karma is a b--ch.

937 days ago
612.

Joan K    

It took her awhile but she finally came to her senses, hope she gets alot of his money.

937 days ago
613.

Mindurbiz    

U guys should mind ur own biz. U have no clue as to what has gone on in their marriage. I bet most of ur home life sucks that is why u are so quick to judge. If u are not privy to the facts of their marriage then MIND UR OWN BIZ!!!!!

937 days ago
614.

mackerelcover    

Sure he is miserable, no pre-nup and he is going to lose a bundle.

937 days ago
615.

fordman    

Another NBA fool taken to the cleaners by a gold digging bitch!

937 days ago
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