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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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Now it's time to renew your friendship with ( Shaq ). Shaq, it is time you support ( Kobe ) and do not pass judgement. Remember u both are getting older and your friendship means more in the future. Support each other and be friends... once a ( LA Lakers ) will always be an ( LA Lakers ).... Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year...

1041 days ago


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1041 days ago


no prenup he crazy 2 kids and a whole of good living for V

1041 days ago


After reading the mind numbing comments, it's clear society has not learned a ******* thing. How many times does a lying bitch fleece some dude with wealth & status before it becomes common sense that NO WAY should any bitch be getting a dime, regardless of how her husband treated her unless she helped earn it

The only thing a women can sue for is damages if she was "actually" abused, an I betcha it would be men piling in to file lawsuits for psychological abuse & torment.

How many more Heather Mills pirates do we need for this to sink in

1041 days ago


He fought with his father and damage that relationship because his Dad told him he was too young to marry and he needed to sign a pre-nup. Never go against your parents especially since he knew that the NBA would have tons of women available...Temptation too strong.

1041 days ago

Andre Fondren    

I wander have everyone cheeated at something in there lifes and lied even a white lie. Does that ment we are dealing with all lyers and cheaters in the world so no one trust anyone is what you are saying.

1041 days ago

Andre Fondren    

Forgiving is a hard thing to do. And fame has a lot of temptations. But, I wander have you ever undress a man before with a lustful mind set. If you should choses to be truthful in you heart at any given time since you have been married to Kobe Bryant I ask his wife? If so you have done the same. 10 and years is a long time, at this rate pretty soon everyone will be single; except the people that has 5 or 6 wifes. Plus it will be hard for the children, if you meet some one else then you have to daddy's one not liking the other. It would be a blessing if you would stay together, you will have to pay a lot of taxes if you are single. Maybe people only care about the basketball not your family.

1041 days ago


No ***** is worth 200 million dollars

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1041 days ago


Vanessa is about to cash OUT! Word on the street is that he has a baby out there.

1041 days ago


She waited 10yrs to be tired of it. Why not leave after the 1st time. Because after 10yrs she can suck more money out of him. GREED GREED GREED. She should have to get a real job now.

1041 days ago


A basketball player who cheats on his wife? I find that hard to believe.

1041 days ago


I think he does love her but, he want's the whole family thing ( you know, someone to come home to, kids, the whole get up), but he also wants to BANG whomever he wants to whenever in secret. Sorry, it doesn't work that way, if you want an open marriage just say so ( i'm sure she wouldn't agree with it, so you secretly fool around, although, it's not so secret in LA). I'm sure he's been unfaithful for a long long time, she's had enough.
The $$$$, kids and big house doesn't do it anymore. She maybe wants the man she fell in love with in high school or wherever you met (we all know he's not the same person).
Sorry you're going through a divorce, many women are, and they're in worse financial position that you (although, the heartbreak is no less).

1041 days ago

doggie lover    

Leave Kobe alone. He has supported this gold digger for ten years and bought her entire family homes and cars. He should have gotten rid of her years ago.

1041 days ago


IM Happy For My Mexican Latina Vanessa She Defiantly Deserves The Best I Love Vanessa ,Money Don't By Latina's Chika's But She Keeps Her Head Up i Truly Respect Dis Women Don't Worried Vanessa The Mexican's We Got Your Back Mami You did To Much By Represent Us In The Emigrations Law . Vanessa Is Not Withe People She's Mexican So Get Over It People

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