As Lakers fans pray for Kobe Bryant's speedy recovery since he suffered a torn Achilles tendon after a game a few weeks ago, wife Vanessa has stuck by his side and recently posted, "I want to thank my family for your love and support. Kobe is in great spirits."
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She doesn’t have a nanny:
The mother-of-two takes pride in being there for her familia. Although Vanessa doesn’t get props for being a soccer mom, she admits to never missing a sports game or practice of her daughters, 6 and 9. “I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go,” she continued, “That’s the way I was raised.”
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She doesn’t like the limelight:
Vanessa seems to be fine with letting her NBA star husband grab all of the attention. In a rare interview with NY Magazine, she confessed, “Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”
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She has her share of haters:
Vanessa was under fire after making the infamous ‘winner’ comment during her NY Magazine interview. In the piece, she was quoted saying, “I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships.”
Countless of online blogs bashed the basketball wife for her statement. She later set the record straight with TMZ, and said, “I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates. For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a ‘winner’ it is about our sacrifice as a family.”
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She loves giving back:
The famous basketball wife loves to pay it forward. The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is a longtime supporter of enriching their community and providing support for issues concerning homelessness, poverty, human rights, and education. They also provide scholarships and academic opportunities both nationally and globally.
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She’s on Kobe’s arm – forever:
In 2003, the basketball player got inked with a tribal tattoo in honor of his wife. Now that says happy ever after…
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She supports undocumented immigrants:
Back in 2010, Vanessa rocked a black and white t-shirt displaying the question, “Do I Look Illegal?” She was criticizing the Arizona immigration bill at the time.
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Her mother is one of her role models:
Vanessa’s mom Sofia Laine was living in the Bryant’s $3.2 million California mansion before the couple sold it back in January. In an interview last year, Vanessa expressed how important her mami is to her. “I have several role models. But I admire my mom for being an independent single mother and sole provider for my sister and me. I admire her for teaching me to be compassionate and giving, and teaching me to be a person of substance and character and not feed into what people think or falsely accuse me of being,” she said.
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She had the biggest bling in her high school:
While most teens were probably dating partners with a part-time job, 17-year-old Vanessa was rocking a massive diamond ring and getting floor seats to Lakers games. Bryant was a senior in high school at Marina High in Huntington Beach when the athlete popped the question. They got hitched in 2001.
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And has been upgraded to an even bigger rock:
Vanessa's $4-million eight-carat purple diamond ring was given to her after news hit that Kobe was unfaithful. We guess forgiveness does have a price!
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She has a sweet tooth:
Vanessa loves her chocolate just as much as we do! The 30-year-old housewife often posts photos of her favorite sweets on Instagram. Those cookies sure look yummy!