Being the wife of one of the most iconic men in sports history certainly comes with a lot of attention, but there is no doubt Vanessa Laine Bryant handled it with grace and style. Vanessa is a social media star, model, and is the wife of the multiple award-winning NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. She is also a philanthropist, devoted wife, and loving mother of 3 daughters.
Learn more about her biography, net worth and the interesting details you’d like to know about Vanessa by reading the article below.
Vanessa Laine Bryant – Biography (Age)
Vanessa Laine Bryant was born as Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America on May 5, 1982. She was born to Mexican parents; but sadly when she was three, sometime in 1985, her parents got divorced and her father moved on. No information is available about her biological father, and she has rarely mentioned him ever since.
Her mother, Sofia Urbieta, raised Vanessa and her older sister, Sophie, all by herself, most times working at multiple jobs, just to put food on the table for her family. Sometime in 1990, Vanessa’s mother married her boyfriend, Stephen Laine; she and her daughters then moved in with him. Even though Vanessa’s stepfather did not officially adopt her and her sister as his children, she decided to take up his surname and became known as Vanessa Laine.
Vanessa Laine Bryant grew up in California and graduated from Marina High School in Huntington, California. While in high school, she was also modelling and working as a backup dancer in music videos, and one day on set, filming a music video for the group “Tha Eastsidaz”, she met a tall and handsome young man named Kobe Bryant. Kobe then was a budding NBA player, who was into rap music as a side hustle.
Kobe immediately fell in love with Vanessa and began sending flowers to her school and picking her up after school, just to win her love and attention. On Vanessa’s 18th birthday in 1990, she and Kobe made it public that they were officially engaged. This announcement worked the media and paparazzi into a frenzy and they wanted to know more about the lady that had won the young NBA star’s heart was. With the media attention Vanessa was getting, and the paparazzi trailing her everywhere, she had to withdraw from high school, and finish her education by being home schooled.
Relationship With Kobe Bryant
Vanessa Laine and Kobe Bryant got married on April 18, 2001. Kobe’s entire family was not at the wedding, as they did not approve the marriage; even his teammates from the LA Lakers were absent from the wedding too, but he was not bothered and wedded the love of his life. Kobe family’s eventually changed their mind when Vanessa gave birth to the couple’s first child, Natalie, in 2003. She has had two other daughters since then – Gianna, in 2006 and Bianka, in 2016. The two are expecting a 4th daughter in 2019.
In June 2003, just a few months after the birth of the Bryants’ first child, a 19-year-old hotel staff in Colorado, accused Kobe of sexual assault. He was scheduled for a knee operation on July 2nd but checked into the hotel a few days earlier. The lady alleged that Kobe raped her in his room. Kobe was arrested by the police and charged to court, but as the case progressed, his accuser refused to testify in court and the judge closed the case. The lady later filed a separate civil suit against Kobe, which was settled out of court.
In 2009, a former housekeeper of the Bryants, accused Vanessa Laine Bryant of “badgering, humiliating and constantly harassing her” while in their employ. The couple filed a countersuit claiming the lady had violated a Non-Disclosure Agreement and divulged very sensitive information about them to the public. This issue was also settled out of court.
On Dec 16, 2011, Vanessa Laine Bryant filed for divorce from Kobe, citing “irreconcilable differences” as her main reason. They both appealed for joint custody of their children. Two years later, Vanessa and Kobe, in separate announcements via social media, stated that they had reconciled their differences, and were no longer getting divorced.
Vanessa Laine Bryant: Net Worth
Vanessa Laine Bryant is reportedly worth $75 million. Though she was a model in her early years, she chose not to continue modelling after her marriage to the former NBA star.
Her husband, Kobe, is worth a whopping $500 million. He made most of his money from his career while in the NBA, and from several endorsement deals over the years.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
Being a former model, Vanessa is known to be very beautiful woman, with an incredible physique, even after having 3 children. She is 5 feet and 5 inches (1.65 meters) tall and weighs 60 kilograms (132 lbs). She has brown eyes, and dark brown hair, with body statistics of 35-27-36 inches for her chest, waist and hips respectively.