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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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61.

mark sheehy    

RAPIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

957 days ago
62.

loungecat    

Finally. Don't know how ever she put up with the rape deal in Vail.

957 days ago
63.

regina    

about flippin time...

957 days ago
64.

Throwback kid    

I think it always haunted Vanessa what really happened in that hotel room in Colorado, what did she really think of Kobe's character? At the very least he had unprotected sex with a total stranger who he had just met. What if she had an STD? Kobe would have brought it right back to his unsespecting wife. All the diamonds in the woeld can't fix the broken trust that Vanessa had with Kobe. I'm surprised the marriage made it this long? I wish her the best

957 days ago
65.

fuzzywuzzy    

Boy, never saw that one coming..............BWAHAHAHAHA!!

957 days ago
66.

Theresa D    

Well, that is one smart girl!!!! She waited the 10 years and with 6 months to make sure she locked in the social security rights she will have to receive his pension if he passes before her. Yes, it is a pittance in comparison to the rest of his fortune, but.... it is like the topping on the cake...

957 days ago
67.

bedwards    

It's unfortunate for the children, but any woman who marries a professional athlete should know by now that they are not capable of being faithful.

957 days ago
68.

p1tey1    

No prenup huh??? She's going to take his cheating azz to the CLEANERS!!! LOL!!!

957 days ago
69.

Hannah    

Took her a few years to divorce the raptist.

957 days ago
70.

wildj    

you play you pay. Man, is he ever gonna pay!

957 days ago
71.

Alicia    

LOL!!! Im NOT shocked @ all!! She married him so young, like 18 I think, She shoulda dropped him the first time, well she will get alottttttta MONEY!!! O well Next....

957 days ago
72.

Gustav LaFong    

Don't worry, Kobe, she'll wait a couple of weeks before she starts dating again -- out of respect for you. (Hee hee)

957 days ago
73.

carl    

maybe he needs to buy a biger ring now.

957 days ago
74.

gkold    

who cares? aren't there more important thing to be looking at

957 days ago
75.

Throwback kid    

Kobe and Kim Kardashian as a couple, what do you guys think? I think they would be perfect. He is a rich black athlete, just what Kim likes. She has the same kind of look as his soon to be ex wife Vanessa. Kobe and Kim are both very selfish self absorbed people who think the world revolves around them. This would be a match made in narcissistic heaven!

957 days ago
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