He spent about 20 years building a steep basketball career, but that wasn’t the only thing the star has built over the years, and he has the family to prove it. So it’s time to find out if he’s as good a family man as he is on the court, and we should take a look at Kobe Bryant’s wife, the rest of his clan and the place they call home.
Kobe Bryant’s wife
Perhaps you have seen her or heard of her, either way, one thing is certain, she is a beautiful specimen of a woman, she does not age either. Her name is Vanessa Marie Bryant, but she was born on 5 May 1982 as Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine.
She was born in Huntington Beach, California, as the daughter of Mexican parents, but her father was not really in the picture because her parents divorced when she was 3 years old.
She was a video woman at a fairly young age, and that’s how she met Kobe. She was shooting a music video as an extra when Kobe happened to be in the same building, and it clicked instantly. Here’s the juicy part, the Latina beauty was still in high school at that time.
Anyway, that didn’t stop them from being together, and when she was 18 years old and he was 22, they tied the knot. They were a little uncomfortable at the time because Kobe’s parents didn’t agree with her becoming Kobe’s wife. They did not even attend the couple’s wedding in 2001.
The term hot Latina was actually made for them, the athlete’s wife is known to cause a little drama here and there. She was once sued by a housemaid who apparently “hounded, harassed and humiliated” her during her two-week stay there. What did she finally break?
She accidentally stuck a $690 blouse in the washing machine, and Vanessa allegedly demanded that she put her hand in a bag of dog excrement to get the price tag. The case was settled out of court, however.
She also had a little argument with Khloe Kardashian, back when the reality TV star was still a Laker woman, the words “fake wife” might have been used.
Despite all the drama she deals out, she got her fair share back, especially in her marital home. She stayed with Kobe after his sexual assault trial, she forgave his “mistake of adultery” and she canceled her divorce, which would have won her the jackpot.
Did we mention that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement, she would have taken half of his estimated $150 million, three houses, and the $4 million 8-carat diamond ring that Kobe gave her. Well, in the end, it wasn’t necessary.
Kobe Bryant’s Kids
The athlete is the proud father of three daughters, Natalia Diamante Bryant, born on 19 January 2003, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, born on 1 May 2006, and more recently Bianka Bella Bryant, born on 5 December 2016, and if you are wondering how it is possible that these girls are so young, you are not alone. With a father as tall as Kobe, it is no surprise that his seed comes after him.
And for those of you who wonder why they have an Italian name, there is a very good reason: Kobe spent most of his early years in Italy, so he brought part of his early heritage into the naming process.
Kobe Bryant’s house
He is one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, so he is only expected to live in style. After earning more than $320 million in salary alone in his career, we expect to see great things when we tour the House of Legend. Kobe’s luxurious Californian villa cost a whopping $10.95 million, and as much as that is, it obviously hasn’t left a dent in his bank account.
Built-in 1997, the house features a home theater, its own shark pool, gym and hair salon, a huge pool with an outdoor spa area, and a waterfall! In addition to his basketball court, the retired player has a tennis court.
If you thought that’s it, you were wrong. In addition to their indoor kitchen, the Bryants have an outdoor kitchen and a cooking area with a fireplace. The house also has four bedrooms and five full bathrooms with a half bath. When it comes to stylish living, he’s one of the stars who does it right.