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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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806 COMMENTS

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661.

kay smith-agunwa    

There are expiration dates on everything including life..Think about folks!!!

852 days ago
662.

marty    

She's got the money now but he is still KOBE... Ballin and still got girls on top of girls......lol.

852 days ago
663.

WhatADumbAss    

I hate kobe, I hope she takes half his rings with her, cause he never deserved them.

852 days ago
664.

fred    

L.A. does not need this now, we have to focus on winning!!
cmon, give the guy a break!

851 days ago
665.

anna    

These articles really put her in a good light. She has her fair share of flings too. Anyway, NO PRENUP is so really stupid of him.

851 days ago
666.

angie500    

That's what his ass get, he should have listen to his mother.
When will rich black men learned that if he was poor these white women wouldn't give the time of day.Now he will have to give her half of his money, and take care of her for the rest of his life.

851 days ago
667.

Ron    

Be strong? He's been messing around for years. She stayed with him because in Cali 10 years means bigger bucks. If he gives her 75 million, then why does she need spousal support also?

850 days ago
668.

ANTONIO BINNS    

YALL SEE HOW SATAN CAME IN AND DESTORDE THERE MARRIGES 29 YEARS IS GONE DOWN THE DRANE.BE CAUSE OF A NASTY BLACK BROTHER WHO CAN'T GET IT TO GETTHER.YOU IS VARY SAD.SEE THATS WHY YOU GOT TO HAVE GOD IN THE MISS OF EVERY THING.SHE HUNG IN THERE TO SAVE HER MARRGE.AND HE DIDN'T GIVE A DAMM.MISEXWIFE PLEAS NEXT TIME YOU GET IN A RELASHIONSHIP MAKE SURER GOD IS FIRST IN THERE LIVE. LOVE YOU.MAY GOD HELP YOU STARTED YOUR NEW LIFE .

850 days ago
669.

Lucy West    

I would have divorced him when he raped that girl, but, hey, that's just me.

850 days ago
670.

avicky    

i totally agree wth angie500,tell them that dis white chicks just want their money.black men are d stupidest coz wen they get rich they just wanna bed n spend their cash on whick chicks but continue cheatin on their women so white women marry them chew their mony then divorce asses

846 days ago
671.

avicky    

thats wat u get for bein a very unfaithfu husband.its u she married not d money so money wth a player for a hubby is not sweet at all

846 days ago
672.

Cizzler    

Although it sucks for Kobe that he has to pay her millions, and he isn't completely innocent, he can take solace in knowing that at the end of the day he is still a 5 time world champion and an icon and she is still nobody. He will earn back whatever he pays her and replace her with someone younger and hotter.

845 days ago
673.

lee lee    

Y wait 10 1/2 yrs to file 4 divorce? She was all about the $ from the start. Kobe should've just got with Brandy from the get go.

844 days ago
674.

David    

She's taking half his money? t'f*** kinda s*** is that!?!?! lmao that ain't even right even IF he did cheat, the two topics should be kept apart but whatever i guess thats why you have a pre nup :P thats the lesson learned here

834 days ago
675.

sandra    

So she knew of his cheating in 2003, but it wasn't until she had been married 10 years that she decided she couldn't handle it? What a coincidence, once a marriage reaches the 10 year mark in California there's no limit to when he pays alimony. I'm no fan of cheating, but she's no really a victim in this whole situation. She knows what she's doing and it's all about the money.

832 days ago
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