|Born||Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta|
May 5 1982
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse:||Kobe Bryant (m. 2001)|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
Vanessa Marie Bryant (born Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta; May 5, 1982) is an American model, video vixen, business woman and is the wife of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Beginning her career as a teenager, Bryant has appeared in numerous television music videos.
Bryant was born in Los Angeles, California to Sofia Urbieta, and has an older sister Sophie. Both of her parents are of Mexican descent and divorced when Bryant was three years old. Her mother raised her daughters alone in Orange County while attending two jobs. In 1990, she married Stephen Laine.
Bryant and her family lived in Anaheim and Temecula before moving to West Garden Grove. Bryant graduated from St. Boniface Parochial School in 1996, and was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad.
Bryant attended Marina High School using her ex-stepfather’s dad’s home address. She graduated with honors in 2000 and graduated with her class.
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In 1999, she met her future husband Kobe Bryant. Their relationship continued while she was still a senior at Marina High School. She completed high school via home program due to the pandemonium with her dating Kobe Bryant.
On April 18, 2001, 18-year-old Vanessa married Kobe Bryant at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, in Dana Point, California. Kobe’s parents were not on the list of guests invited to attend the wedding. The couple have three daughters: Natalia Diamante (b. 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore (b. 2006), and Bianka Bella (b. 2016). In April 2005, Vanessa suffered a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy.
On 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.