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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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next for Kobe, Lamar will introduce him to his sister in law Kim K. the two will marry and E will have another reality show Kim and Kobe do LA.

1008 days ago


should've left that rapist a long time ago, Vanessa!

1008 days ago

Alan Carver    

Well if he would keep is SOUTH POLE in his PANTS then maybe he wouldn't be in this mess now would he? He is just another dumb-azz jock with no common sense to keep his pole in his pants and then acts all 'hurt' when the divorce papers come a-knockin'! He's an idiot and gets no iota of sympathy from me! These dumb jocks think that they are invincible and nothing can catch-up with them, huh guess again you TOOLS! Needless to say, this isn't going to be the end of this kind of behavior, as long as they keep rewarding these dumb azz jocks & players this is just the NORM now ... and so it goes! IDIOT!

1008 days ago

Heywood Jablome    

This is neither interesting nor news. An otherwise unexceptional, but pretty, woman decides to no longer be married to a professional athlete. The male must give the female some money, because he is exceptional at putting a ball through a hole. Neither one will have difficulty having sex in the future. And, an average-looking guy who comments on other people's stories on the internet will have sex with an otherwise unexceptional, but pretty, woman he meets in a bar tonight because he is good at that.

1008 days ago



Money can buy sex, but it can't buy love...Money can buy a bed, but it can't buy sleep...Money can buy a house, but it can't buy a home...above all...Money can buy toys, but it cannot buy a wife and family!

1008 days ago

dookie jenkins    

I don't know why celebrities even bother getting married. Older players should tell all young athletes that a vasectomy may be the best money they will spend in their life.
Prevention is the best cure.

1008 days ago


Once a cheater always a cheater and liar

1008 days ago


Kobe Bryant is one ugly dude. She did the right thing by dumping his cheating behind.

1008 days ago


well girl you do have girl to think aboutdo you want someone to do it to them.

1008 days ago


Won't be long til that ****y Kim K gets her filthy klaws into Kobe?

1008 days ago


We wouldn't even know who Vanessa Bryant is if it weren't for Kobe Bryant. Vanessa Bryant is lucky to not work in the last decade but still make $200 million, and not work in a job throughout that time. I do 100x far much more work than her for a living and make 0.0001% as much money.

Kobe Bryant is an a-hole, but let's not pretend that Vanessa Bryant is not a lazy snake who only shacked up with Kobe Bryant in a get-rich scheme and using him to not work for a living herself.

Nobody likes employment, and Kobe Bryant was simply a means to an end for her to escape work. You can deny it all you want to yourself, but deep down you know it's true.

If Kobe Bryant even made $100K, she would have nothing to do with him. She was gold-digging to escape work and to exploit the court system to make a quick $200 million without putting in any work.

Kobe Bryant had to work more than 10000 hours to become the basketball player he is. While Vanessa Bryant probably chilled out in luxury throughout that period and makes the same amount. SOOOO LUCKY AND FORTUNATE.

1008 days ago


Good because it is a private issue.

1008 days ago


Welcome to the rich divorcee club, Mrs. Bryant.

1008 days ago


Any celebrity that doesn't get a pre-nup is a damned fool.

1008 days ago


10 1/2 years = ka-ching!

1008 days ago
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