According to TMZ it appears that Kobe Bryant might be a single man again very soon. The celebrity gossip site recently released an article stating that Bryant’s wife Vanessa is filing for divorce. She reportedly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reasoning behind the divorce.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … Vanessa — who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 — decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful … again.
TMZ is also reporting that Bryant is doing “whatever it takes” to prevent the divorce and win Vanessa back. If nothing else it comes at a poor time for the Lakers who are desperately looking to rebound from an unpleasant, early exit at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks during the Western Conference Semi-Finals last May.
Apparently Vanessa signed the divorce petition back on Dec. 1, and is seeking half of Bryant’s earnings during the last decade. Since there was no prenuptial agreement the former couple will most likely be forced to settle the case in court.
The family released the following statement:
“The Bryants have resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately with the assistance of counsel and a Judgment dissolving their marital status will be entered in 2012. We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season the public respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
There are rumors of infidelity beyond the sexual assault case Bryant faced back in 2004.
Best wishes to Kobe and his family as they work through this difficult time.