The marriage is over between Kobe and Vanessa Bryant. Divorce papers were filed by the beautiful brunette in Orange County Friday, citing the ever popular…wait for it…”irreconcilable differences”. It’s like a soap opera with these Lakers this week. So. Much. Drama.
Let’s be honest here, people. Are we really surprised that this union is dunzo? I don’t think so. TMZ reported Friday that Kobe allegedly has cheated again. While she stood by her man in 2003, when a Colorado woman accused the Lakers star of sexual assault, (although he claimed their sexual encounter was consensual) this time she’s not sticking around. Can you blame her? I’m sorry, but she should have said adios to him back then. I gotta agree with the old adage, “Once a cheat, always a cheat.” Just sayin’.
Vanessa and Kobe married in April of 2001 and there was no prenup, as reported by TMZ. So you know what that means, cha-ching for Vanessa, as she is entitled to half of Kobe’s net worth. How much is that exactly? Preliminary reports suggested that he was worth in excess of $400 million, but TMZ claims that the real figure is closer to $150 million.
A publicist for the couple released the following statement Friday:
“The Bryants have resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately with the assistance of counsel and a Judgment dissolving their marital status will be entered in 2012. We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time.”
They have two daughters together, Natalia Diamante was born in January of 2003 and Gianna was born in May of 2006. You can see a picture of the Bryant family below. Gorgeous little girls, aren’t they? Both Vanessa and Kobe seek joint custody of their children.
Will Kobe’s personal woes affect him on the court this season?
Photos: www.wenn.com/Flashpoint/Apega/Jody Cortes/David Livingston