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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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91.

Mark... Go Cavs !    

I guess Kobe performed a few too many "give-and-go" moves...OFF the court ! His wife did something that prosecuting attorneys could not...pay for his indiscretions !

1006 days ago
92.

Donna    

Good For Her!!!!

1006 days ago
93.

john johnson    

this is poetic justic ten-fold! two jackasses couldn't possibly stay together. his jerk attitude and lack of a zipper on his pants got the best of him. and her gold-digging finally paid off.....half his earnings!!!! lol,lol! guess his dumb ass will be screaming to the NAACP now!

1006 days ago
94.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Let's see, she never really forgave him for the Hotel situation. She had a couple of kids with him so the paychecks will keep coming. Kobe, you should have known better!! When you're famous, you can't just go around dropping your pants for anyone and everyone.

1006 days ago
95.

l    

character, he's lost his..
he'll find it again but at what cost?

1006 days ago
96.

Dave    

She's still hot, but not like she was 8-9 years ago. Time for Kobe to move on to a new and younger hoochie. Don't kid yourselves, this is how it works in the NBA.

1006 days ago
97.

vicki    

kobe..kim k is free...and you are just her type!!!!

1006 days ago
98.

Mark    

Who gives a flying ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1006 days ago
99.

Marie    

Cooley : WHY should she stay ??? His playing around never hurt his game ...just her !!! Way to Go Vanessa...Need more women with Moxie in the sports world

1006 days ago
100.

Christian    

He's Kobe friggin' Bryant. She should have been bringing home women for his enjoyment!!!

1006 days ago
101.

Maverick    

Lakers are going to suck this year.

Kobe will be focused on this divorce vs. winning.

Oh well, maybe the Clippers will be interesting this year.

1006 days ago
102.

ray    

once a loser always a loser

1006 days ago
103.

capa    

HAHA Why the hell didnt he sign a pre-nup??? she didnt do a thing to earn the money he earned yet she is gonna get half!!hahahha shoulnd have gotten married so early kobe you should have sowed ya wild oats b4 you got married...now she getting a lot of ya hard earned money for nothing!

1006 days ago
104.

Fireater989    

"and people who saw him there say he looked miserable." Wtf kind of news article is this?

1006 days ago
105.

BlackNole08    

Kobe will probably someday be the greatest laker ever to play but his reputation has definitely taken a hit in the latter part of his career (post-Shaq). He comes off as such an arrogant prick. He will always be an A-Hole though for cheating on his incredibly hot wife and a huge snitch.

1006 days ago
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