Vanessa Bryant, wife of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, has filed for divorce, according to a shocking new report from TMZ!
Vanessa, who stuck by Kobe’s side after he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman nearly a decade ago back in 2003, filed the legal documents Friday afternoon (Dec 16), citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ that Vanessa — the mother of Kobe’s two young daughters, Natalia (8) and Giana (5) — ultimately decided to end her 10-year plus marriage to the NBA player because she has “had enough” of his cheating ways.
“She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,” one source said, adding, “This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters — 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Giana — 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.
Vanessa 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.
Kobe is also said to be devastated that his wife wants to divorce him, and he will do “whatever it takes” to save their 10 and a half year marriage.
This should make for nice locker room talk in the days leading up to the kick-off of the new NBA season on Christmas!