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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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1.

Cooley    

This CANNOT be true. I don't believe it.

Please be wrong. I can't take this at the beginning of basketball season.

Please, just stay with Kobe until after the season. Please!

1044 days ago
2.

matt    

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
No pre nup!!

1044 days ago
3.

Proud2bBlack    

It's about time! Don't let him buy you back this time. You have little girls that will become young ladies one day, be a strong example. You will be fine! I'm proud of you.

1044 days ago
4.

John    

SPELL CHECK ALERT: It's Angelina JOLIE. And it's "irreconcilable differences," with an "s."

1044 days ago
5.

Steinberg    

I'm shocked!

1044 days ago
6.

Simone    

It's about time.

1044 days ago
7.

s0urpatch575    

HA! You can do way better Vanessa! Can never trust sports players or anyone really famous!

1044 days ago
8.

rob hotrgan    

Once he took that poor white girl from behind, in the behind, it all went downhill from there.

1044 days ago
9.

Jay W.     

Damn Kobe... hope you drop some bids on Liz T.'s jewelry.

1044 days ago
10.

The Love Sponge    

I bet he could not keep his pants on and his fly up.

1044 days ago
11.

LakersGirl     

Dammit Kobe - if she's not giving it up at least practice a little discretion when stepping out on her...our season looking a little shot now =S

1044 days ago
12.

Michelle    

Oh my!

1044 days ago
13.

Trevis Miho    

Hate to say it, and it sucks that these fools keep proving the same ole song to be correct, but: What the HELL did you expect from a basketball player? Most of them have done it, most of them will for the rest of time. Thanks for continually makin' us guys look like mindless ph*c machines wit no morals, fellas. And don't worry about anyone but another ball player taking your ex, because us gentlemen don't want the diseases you spread.

1044 days ago
14.

baystreet    

KOBE!! NOOO you should've got a prenup..these gold digging wh*res!!

1044 days ago
15.

jerry2968_97    

what an idiot for not having a prenup...she is going to take him to the cleaners....looks like that snitching he did on shaq is coming back to bite him in the buttocks.

1044 days ago
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