In December 2011, Kobe Bryant’s wife filed for divorce. A little over a year later, rumors are swirling that the Los Angeles Lakers star might be back together with his estranged wife.
Bryant and estranged wife Vanessa have been spotted in public, on multiple occasions, during the holiday season. Last month, TMZ caught the couple leaving Madison Square Garden after the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief. The site also filmed the two on New Year’s Eve, walking arm in arm.
According to TMZ, Kobe and Vanessa are attempting to reconcile, but haven’t officially gotten back together for good.
"It's like high school,” one source told TMZ in mid-December. “Sometimes they're together, sometimes they're not."
However, it isn’t just the public appearances that have people questioning whether or not the couple is back together. Kobe and Vanessa sent out a Christmas card in 2012 that include their two children.
While the couple separated, the divorce was never finalized, according to the Daily Mail. Vanessa cited irreconcilable differences when she filed for divorce almost 13 months ago. Sources say the marriage reportedly fell apart, largely, because of the NBA star’s affairs with other women.
Sexual assault charges were eventually dropped against Kobe in 2004, though he did admit to having sex with his accuser. He famously bought his wife a $4 million diamond ring after the incident.
The two got married in 2001 when Kobe was 21 and Vanessa was just 18.