Vanessa and Kobe Bryant: A History of Their Rocky Relationship in 8 Clicks

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant’s love is stronger than ever since calling off their divorce. Just like in most celebrity marriages, all of their drama was aired out for the world to see! Here’s a rundown of their relationship throughout the years.

1. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Drake

In his track titled, “Stay Schemin,” Drake rhymed several verses about the public split between Vanessa and Kobe Bryant. In the song, he mentions, "Kobe 'bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s,” and “You wasn't with me shootin' in the gym."

Recently, a fan tweeted to the Mexican basketball wife, "but..... #SheWasntWithYouShootingInTheGym," which caused Kobe to fight back via Twitter and defended his love, "No, she wasn't. She was busy raising our kids #nonanny #respectmothers.”

2. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Twitter Comment

Vanessa also responded to the fan’s (or hater’s) Twitter comment, by posting, “I really wish people would stop THINK and then realize that they are being sucked into someone's clear intention to monetize and gain attention off of our family's heartache. This is real life. I hold down our home life so my husband can focus on his career. It's a partnership.” 

3. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Wedding

The basketball star met Vanessa in 1999, while she was performing as a backup dancer for a music video. The couple got engaged six months later, and was hitched without a prenuptial agreement when he was 21 and she was 18. 

4. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Infidelities

Their ten-year marriage often received media attention for the Los Angeles Lakers player’s reported infidelities. In 2003, she stuck by her husband during his infamous sexual assault trial in 2003. Bryant admitted to having sex with 19-year-old, Katelyn Faber, but the assault was strongly denied. After the case was dropped, Bryant bought his wife a whopping $4 million diamond ring as an “apology gift.”

5. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Filing Divorce

Vanessa filed for divorce from the NBA star in December 2011 citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to court documents, she was expected to obtain the couple’s three estates in California with an estimate value of $18.8 million. This was just a slice of the $75 million divorce settlement that was in the works. 

6. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Kiss

A few months after their split, Vanessa and Kobe were spotted smooching after a Lakers and Atlanta Hawks game. Apparently it was a victory kiss since the LA team won! Does this mean their love was back on then?

7. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Apartment Hunting

Despite sharing a kiss with her estranged hubby on the court, reports claimed that Mrs. Bryant and her two daughters were spotted apartment hunting in New York City last February. She certainly would have had plenty to spend on her new home after banking on that hefty divorce settlement!

8. Vanessa & Kobe Relationship: Reconciliation

Over a year after Vanessa filed for divorce, the couple decided to call off their highly publicized divorce. The basketball wife confirmed the news on her Instagram page, "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together." We hope they attended some major couple’s counseling!