After meeting in November 1999, Kobe and Vanessa fell in love right away. Six months into their fast-paced courtship, the pair were engaged, and they married in the spring of 2001. Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri were born during the couple’s marriage.
During an appearance on Showtime Basketball’s All the Smoke, Kobe explained the secret to his marriage’s success in January 2020. “Commitment” and the “competitiveness of ‘We’re going to succeed,'” he said on the YouTube series, kept the couple going through the years.
“We’ve seen couples that were, like, 85 years old and you’re like, ‘Oh man, such an old, sweet couple,’ and I’d go talk to them because I want to know…,” the Los Angeles Lakers player said at the time. “Once a guy said, ‘Yeah, it’s great, but she just kicked me out of the bed last night, and I’ve been sleeping on the couch for the last two nights.'”
The highs and lows, according to Kobe, are a necessary part of a long-term relationship. “That’s all the beauty of it,” he conceded, “having the persistence and determination to get through things — very, very difficult things — and we’ve been able to accomplish that.”
From Kobe’s sexual misconduct charges to a heartbreaking miscarriage, the couple’s marriage has overcome many obstacles. In 2011, the couple declared their intention to divorce, but in 2013 they decided to stay together instead of filing for divorce.
In January 2013, Vanessa posted on Instagram, “We are thrilled to report that we have reconciled.” “We will get our divorce case rejected.” “We’re excited about the future we’ll be able to share.”
In January 2020, Kobe and his second-eldest daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Authorities revealed that the two died aboard the late athlete’s chopper, along with seven other passengers. The rotorcraft exploded in flames after colliding with a slope. Kobe was 41 years old at the time, and Gigi was 13 years old at the time.
Explore Kobe and Vanessa‘s relationship over time by scrolling down.
When Kobe was 21 and Vanessa was 17, they met for the first time.
Six months into their romance, the couple became engaged. Vanessa was still a senior in high school when this happened.
In Dana Point, California, Kobe and Vanessa married.
Natalia, the couple’s first child, was born.
A 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee accused Kobe of sexual assault. He disputed the claims but admitted to cheating on his wife. “I am pure. “I sit here disgusted at myself for making the error of adultery,” he remarked during a press appearance with Vanessa alongside him. “I adore my wife. She’s my spine.” Charges were dropped subsequently.
Vanessa miscarried her second kid, which would have been the couple’s second child. She had a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy.
Gianna, the couple’s second child, was born to the long-time couple.
When the couple celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary, it marked a significant turning point in their relationship.
Vanessa has requested a divorce from Kobe. She cited irreconcilable disagreements as the reason for their breakup.
The couple announced that they had repaired their relationship on social media.
Bianka, Kobe and Vanessa’s third child, was born.
Capri, the former athlete’s fourth daughter, was born to the couple.
In a horrific helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Kobe and his daughter Gianna died along with seven others.
A private settlement agreement was made with the company that owned and operated the helicopter in June 2021, Us said. Vanessa sued in Feb 2020.
“Baby, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. “Vanessa posted a sweet Instagram snapshot of herself and her late husband. “#AmoreMio #TiAmo #PerSempre,” she writes.
Vanessa excitedly shared a TikTok video created by her eldest daughter Natalia, which included thousands of photographs of herself and Kobe. “This is such a cute trend. @nataliabryant “Vanessa captioned the video she posted on Instagram. “I have so many wonderful memories.”
Vanessa shared a vintage shot of herself around Kobe’s neck on their 21st wedding anniversary. “ “I adore you, baby. “Happy 21st @kobebryant,” she posted on Instagram.