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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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106.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

We were having dinner At Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Ca sun Nov. 27 and guess who walks by: Kobe and his fat wife (boy she gained weight). Kobe was holding his youngest daughter and Vanessa was holding the hand of their other daughter, although they were walking as a unit they were worlds apart. Kobe looked miserable and Vanessa looked angry. I looked at my dinner companion and said " They Look miserable together, I feel a divorce coming" and less 19 days later...A DIVORCE. I KNEW IT!!

938 days ago
107.

Sports22    

Kobe should have been thrown in jail for his rape at the hotel. These super stars with their egos just as big think they walk on water and have the world at their feet. They have been told since they were a kid that they are the best and been enabled ever since. Kobe go back to your cave. You will have lots of company there with the other parasites of society.

938 days ago
108.

rwaller    

You people build these testosterone enhanced game players up to God status and you become shocked when they act with no regard for anyone but them selves? You roll over and pay the exorbitant ticket prices so that you may enter their cathedral and offer your first born if they will only so much as look your way. You get just what you pray for and deserve no less.

938 days ago
109.

EB    

Shaunie will be on the hunt to put her on Basketball Wives L.A. BOL

938 days ago
110.

Dylan    

most pro athletes cheat on their wives. thats part of the deal. you women want all this money and not have to work, then your husband the pro athlete is going to put his penis in lots of women.
kobe is going to be like jeter now. bang a hot woman for a few months and then dump her. he probably has had half of the laker cheerleaders already. kim kardashian is probably spreading her legs and hoping kobe bangs her but kobe is too smart and will stay away from that black **** loving **** kim.

938 days ago
111.

Marie    

Gold Digger ??? A loyal wife throughout all his transgressions !! Way to go Vanessa..Your children deserved better...as did you !! We need more women with self respect & moxie. Oh , and NOT all celebs cheat..many good models out there..

938 days ago
112.

RobRal61    

No pre-nup no wonder he wants to save his money I mean marriage.

938 days ago
113.

Marco    

Like Tiger, Kobe has fallen. It was just a matter of time. A leopard doesn't change his spots. I hope his wife gives it to him where he gave it to the Colorado girl. Now for the perfect storm I hope the Lakers trade him so all us Kobe haters can get back on board with the Lakers. NaNaNaNa NaNaNaNa Hey Hey Goodbye !!!

938 days ago
114.

Doc.    

Vanessa, Whatever going on dont leave your man. Dont bend like the weak women before you. God has blessed your life, in giving you a prince, who has become a king. Listen to me.....Doc. Never ever leave your man.... and the gates of the Heavens will forever be yours and your childrens .... children.

The Grass is not Greener no where Else.

Love and Respect

Doc. Williams, PhD,

938 days ago
115.

Gerri    

Being faithful costs NOTHING.

938 days ago
116.

Scott    

Get whatever you can from him and move on!

938 days ago
117.

Lee 7    

No woman should put up with athletes indiscretions if married to one. It's degrading. Good move Vanessa. you have more class than he does

938 days ago
118.

Sir Booker T    

OK I WAZ GO'N 2 BE FUNNY ON THIZ:....BUT I THINK SHE TRIED FOR WELL OVER 10YRZ....ALL I WILL SAY NOW IS GOD BLESS YOU BABY GURL.....

938 days ago
119.

M    

That's what happens when the little head does the thinking for the big head. As it turns out, in this case, the little head's thoughts end up being VERY EXPENSIVE.. :)

938 days ago
120.

Sports22    

Kobe should have been thrown in jail for a long time after that rape at the resort in Lake Tahoe. These super stars with egos just as big think they walk on water and can do no wrong. They have been told since a child that they are the best and have been enabled too. Kobe it's time to clean up your act or march into the nearest cave.

938 days ago
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