Vanessa Laine Bryant is mostly popular as the wife of basketball star, late Kobe Bryant. Vanessa Laine Bryant is also a former American model who has appeared in music videos.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Vanessa’s full name is Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo Laine Bryant. She was born on 5 May 1982 in Huntington Beach, California. Her age is currently 37 years old and her zodiac sign is Taurus.
Moreover, her mother’s name is Sofia Laine. Her biological father’s name is unknown and sadly they divorced when she was only 3 years old. Her stepfather is Stephen Laine and though she was never adopted, she took her step-father’s last name. Furthermore, she has an elder sister named Sophie. Her ethnicity is half-Irish and Mexican and her nationality is American.
Talking about her education, Vanessa Bryant attended Marina High School and graduated in the year 2000. Prior to this, she attended St. Boniface Parochial School in 1996. She was a varsity cheerleader at this school. Other details about her further education are not available.
She was already dating Kobe before her graduation. Hence, to avoid media, Vanessa completed her high school through independent study. She also missed her Prom due to the attention she received being the girlfriend of the legendary basketballer.
Vanessa is a former model and she also appeared in music videos. She was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video “G’d Up” when she met her late husband Kobe.
Vanessa is good friends with celebrities like Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, and Mary J Blige among others. She and former first lady, Michelle Obama also share their love and admiration for basketball. Furthermore, the now-widow has a net worth of $600.
Vanessa met Kobe for the first time on November 28, 1999, and they engaged six months later. They finally tied the knot on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California after Vanessa turned 18 years old. The two were together until her husband died in the tragic accident on 26 January 2020.
Vanessa and Kobe had four daughters together but one of them, Gianna, also passed away alongside her husband in the same accident. Names of the remaining three daughters are Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. They are 17 years old, 3 years old, and 7 months young respectively.
The family lived happily without any worries until the tragedy of two family members’ untimely demise. With the passing of daughter Gianna, there is recently no member who plays basketball in their family.
Vanessa was caught up in scandal along with her husband Kobe in 2003. In this year, Kobe was charged and arrested on account of the rape of a 19-year-old. The incident occurred in a hotel in Colorado. Kobe apologized to Vanessa at the press conference admitting to adultery.
Later in 2005, Vanessa experienced miscarriage due to ectopic pregnancy. Her husband blamed himself for putting Vanessa through the hard times due to his mistake. Furthermore, Vanessa filed for divorce in the year 2011 after 10 years of marriage. Vanessa was expected to receive half of $150 million fortune, but the couple patched up in 2013 putting the end to the divorce process.
In 2009, the couple faced another lawsuit with their former housekeeper Maria Jimenez, who accused Vanessa of “badgering, harassing and humiliating” her repeatedly. They filed a counterclaim, announcing that Jimenez had violated a confidentiality agreement when she determined to discuss their private affairs in public. However, it too was settled out of court.
On January 26, 2020, her husband Kobe Bryant, and the 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. This made her weaker and emotional. However, she currently settled with her daughters.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Talking about Vanessa’s height, she is around 5’5″ in height and her weight is approximately 61 kg. Other details like her chest-waist-hip, dress size, shoe size, etc. are not available.
Furthermore, Vanessa is not very active on social media platforms. She is available on Instagram with username @vanessabryant, but the account is currently private. Nevertheless, she has 1.4million followers on this photo-sharing platform.
Her husband often shared about their family on his personal Instagram handle @kobebryant prior to his demise. Furthermore, Vanessa is not available on other media sites.