Who Is Kobe Bryant’s Wife? What to Know About Vanessa Bryant
Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Him and wife Vanessa Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was reportedly with him as well as nine other victims.
In the wake of the accident, many people have spoken out to share their memories of Kobe as well as express their condolences for Vanessa. She was reportedly not in the helicopter with her husband and daughter.
Here’s what we know about Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant.
1. They got engaged when Vanessa was 18.
Vanessa Laine was an 18-year-old high school senior when she was swept off her feet by the famous basketball player.
2. Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011.
She cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. In 2013, the couple announced that they had called off their divorce.
3. They have 4 kids together.
Vanessa and Bryant are parents to 17-year-old Natalia, 13-year-old Gianna, who died in the helicopter crash with Kobe, 3-year-old Bianka and 7-month-old Capri Kobe
4. Their marriage endured a sexual assault lawsuit.
Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel worker. He said that the sexual encounter was consensual, and apologized for cheating on his wife. Sexual assault charges were filed against Bryant, but the case was dropped three weeks after it was filed because the woman didn’t want to proceed.
5. She released a statement when Kobe retired in 2015.
“I’m so excited to see what God has in store for us as a family now that one chapter is closing and new ones are opening,” she said. The couple welcomed daughter Bianka soon after.