Kobe and Vanessa Bryant: From Marriage To Divorce in Pictures
In retrospect, we probably should have seen this one coming.
TMZ has reported that Vanessa Bryant has filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant. Over eight years after he cheated on her in very public fashion and was accused of rape (the charges were later dismissed), Kobe was probably on borrowed time at this point anyway.
Let's take a look back in pictures at the woman who has been with him since 2000.
Here are Kobe and Vanessa, happily engaged and in love after Kobe just won his first NBA championship. Hard to remember when you used to see Kobe that happy all the time.
This is the two of them at a launch party of Kobe's later that year. Vanessa actually met him while he was recording an album. Kobe had a lot on his plate back then.
This is of course during the press conference where Kobe denied allegations that he raped a woman in Colorado, but did admit that he cheated on his wife.
This is the iconic image of a tear rolling down his face as she stared daggers at him.
Here is Vanessa "supporting" Kobe at a game later that year. As you can tell, those were not particularly happy times.
If you could see just below where this picture cuts off, Vanessa is pregnant with what would have been Kobe's second child at the time. Sadly, she miscarried before giving birth to another daughter one year later.
One can imagine that would have been an especially trying time on a marriage.
For those of you who haven't seen it, here is the famous ring that Bryant famously bought for his wife after his admitted infidelity.
It cost $4 million. When Tiger got caught cheating, he joked about having to pull a Kobe and buy his wife a ring like that.
Here is Vanessa showing up to the 2007 All-Star game repping her man's jersey. She looked good and she looked happy.
This picture is of Kobe with his family, celebrating the Lakers' 2009 championship.
Kobe and Vanessa at another All-Star game. This is a photo that is often circulated of Vanessa because of the particularly low-cut top she was wearing.
Finally, here are Kobe and Vanessa earlier this year.
Everything seemed great in the later stages of their marriage. They seemed to have gotten past the infidelity, but according to the divorce reports, Kobe never really did get over that habit.
It really is too bad. I was rooting for these kids to make it.
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