• Vanessa Laine Bryant has Mexican ancestry and has a troubled childhood due to divorced parents.
• Vanessa met Kobe Bryant at age 17 and they married two years later despite family objections.
• Kobe Bryant is an NBA player and has won 5 NBA Championship rings and multiple other awards.
• He competed on a national level and won gold medals at the FIBA Americas Championship and Olympic Games.
• Kobe’s net worth is estimated at over $500 million and he has several houses and an extensive car collection.

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SpouseKobe Bryant
FactChanged her name from Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine to Vanessa Marie Bryant, after she married Kobe Bryant.

Vanessa Laine Bryant is a retired dancer, and was apparently on the verge of making a breakthrough in her career when she met Kobe Bryant, and the two instantly hit it off. Since then, she has been his biggest fan and has been with him through the best and toughest times.

Vanessa Laine Bryant Age, Childhood, Facts

Born Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta on the 5th May 1982, in Huntington Beach, California, USA; she is of Mexican ancestry. Vanessa had a troublesome childhood of divorced parents.


She was just two years old when this happened, and went with her mother, who remarried to Stephen Laine, with whom she welcomed a second daughter, Sophie. Although Vanessa was never adopted by Stephen, she started using his last name. Vanessa attended Marina High School, but meantime worked as a backup dancer. She was just 17 years old when she met Bryant, and they married two years later.

Kobe was making his way into his basketball career at that time, and saw Vanessa in the video “G’d Up”, which was performed by The Eastsidaz. At first, there were problems in their romance as Kobe’s parents were against it, but they married on 18th April 2001 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. Again, their parents made a big fuss, but came to their senses when Kobe and Vanessa welcomed their daughter, Bianka Bella Bryant.

Trouble in Paradise

Vanessa and Kobe were victims of media scrutiny when Kobe was accused of raping a hotel worker in 2003.


He admitted that he had sexual intercourse with the particular girl, but has denied raping her. Vanessa remained with him throughout these years, and apparently it didn’t have any significant influence on their marriage. However, Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011, and the process lasted until 11th January 2013 when they both announced through social media that they had reconciled. Vanessa and Kobe now have four children, all daughters.

Kobe Bryant Bio

Born Kobe Bean Bryant on the 23rd August 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, he is the youngest child of Joe Bryant, a retired basketball player, and his wife Pamela Cox Bryant. He has two older sisters. Kobe attended Lower Marion High School, and started playing basketball for the school team.

Kobe Bryant

Over the years, he became the best player in the country at high school level, and with 2,883 points in total was Southeastern Pennsylvania’s all-time leading scorer.

NBA Draft, Struggles in Early Years

Kobe signed up for the 1996 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft right out of high school, and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick, but was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac. In his first season Kobe didn’t play much, and his numbers were mediocre at best, finishing the rookie season with just 7.6 points per game.

Nevertheless, he got more playing time in the second season, and his numbers doubled.

Rise to Stardom, Jordan Comparison

From 1998 until 2010, Kobe dominated the league and won five NBA Championship rings, which aroused a debate whether he is the best ever player in the league’s history. He has challenged Michael Jordan’s accomplishments, and the discussion continues until the present day. Some of Kobe’s other achievements include being named NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010, appearing in 18 NBA All-Star Games, and has 11 All-NBA First team selections.

Last Years and Retirement

With the start of the 2010s, Kobe started struggling with several severe injuries, such as a torn Achilles tendon which kept him sidelined from April 2013 until November 2014. However, this wasn’t the end of his problems, as he suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in the left knee. He remained active as a player until the end of the 2015-2016 season, which was his 20th in the league, all with the Lakers. He finished his career with 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, and also had 6,306 assists.

National Career and Net Worth

He was also successful on a national level, having won gold medals in 2007 at the FIBA Americas Championship, and at Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, and 2012 in London.

Kobe is a multimillionaire, and in addition to his playing career, he has also launched several other projects, including the Kobe Inc. His wealth has also been increased by numerous endorsement deals, and is now estimated at over $500 million. He has several houses in his ownership and has an extensive car collection.

General Info

Full NameVanessa Laine Bryant
Height1.65 m
ProfessionModel, Dancer
EducationMarina High School


SpouseKobe Bryant
ChildrenNatalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant
ParentsSofia Laine, Stephen Laine

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1I know that my husband has made a mistake -- the mistake of adultery. He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so.
2I know Kobe better than anyone. The great person you see on the court and in the public is a far greater person off the court.


1On December 16, 2011, she filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years Kobe Bryant citing irreconcilable differences, and requested joint custody of her daughters. On January 11, 2013, both announced via social media that they had called off their divorce.
2Suffered a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy in the spring of 2005.
3Has 3 daughters with her husband Kobe Bryant: Natalia Diamante Bryant (b.January 19, 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant (b.May 1, 2006) and Bianka Bella Bryant (b.December 5, 2016).
4(April 18, 2001) Married her boyfriend of 17 months Kobe Bryant.
5Her mother and stepfather filed for bankruptcy in 2000, and Vanessa and Kobe helped them out with cash and gifts worth more than $500,000.
6Took her step-dad's last name (Laine) in 2000 even though he never adopted her. Vanessa's mom was married to Stephen Laine, but filed for divorced in July of 2002.
7Her mom's name is Sofia Laine.
8Is half-Irish and Mexican
9Changed her name from Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine to Vanessa Marie Bryant, after she married Kobe Bryant.




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2004 MTV Movie Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20032003TV SpecialHerself

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Kobe Bryant's Muse2015TV Special documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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