Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant's divorce may be off; otherwise, the Lakers player and his estranged wife are especially friendly exes.
TMZ reported that Vanessa was seen kissing Kobe at the Lakers' Valentine's Day game against the Atlanta Hawks. The two shared an intimate moment in the tunnel on the way to the locker room, which quick-handed paparazzi caught photos of. Vanessa was decked out in a red dress, red pumps and red lipstick for the occasion.
Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce form her husband after over ten years of marriage. The couple has had a tumultuous time since they wed in 2001. Vanessa cited irreconcilable differences as her reason for leaving the Laker. TMZ is reporting that the real reason behind the split is, once again, his extramarital affairs. Kobe's infamous infidelity was revealed in 2003 when he was charged with the sexual assault of a Colorado woman.
She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough, a source told TMZ at the time, adding, This one is the straw that broke the camel's back. There was no prenuptial agreement and Vanessa got to keep all three of the couple's Newport Beach estates.
However, by the looks of it, there may be a reconciliation in the works.
According to TMZ, sources said that it would not be a surprise if Vanessa gets back with Kobe. The two have submitted all the necessary documents for their divorce, although it does not become final until mid-June. There is apparently still time to withdraw.
Kobe met Vanessa, then Vanessa Laine, in November 1999 while on the set of his music video (which was never released). Vanessa was a back-up dancer for The Eastsidaz video for the song G'ed Up. The Laker began dating the young beauty and they got engaged in May 2000. Kobe was 21-years-old and Vanessa was just 17-years-old; she was still a senior in high school.
They married on April 18, 2001, despite the fact that Kobe's parents did not approve of the relationship. His parents believed they were too young to wed. No prenuptial agreement was signed. In 2002, Kobe bought a $4 million mansion on the Newport Coast in Cali. for him and his wife. Their first child, daughter Natalia Diamante, was born in January 2003.
Just two years after the union, in July of 2003, Kobe was accused of sexually abusing a 19-year-old Colorado woman at a hotel. Katelyn Faber accused Kobe of raping her in his hotel room at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Eagle County. Kobe Bryant admitted to adultery but denied the accusation. A settlement was reached by the terms were undisclosed.
Vanessa stood by her man. The gorgeous brunette was later seen wearing a $4 million, eight-carat purple diamond ring after the extramarital affair scandal. This was a gift from Kobe for all of the troubles. In Oct. 2003, the Laker revealed a new tattoo bearing his wife's name.