A Look at Vanessa Laine Bryant’s Personal Life, Husband and Other Interesting Facts

With her husband being a dominant force during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, a time during which he won five championships and one Most Valuable Player award among many other achievements, it is no surprise that Vanessa Laine Bryant has become a person of huge public interest. Before meeting and marrying Kobe Bean Bryant, however, Vanessa already achieved relative fame as an up and coming model although she would be the first to admit that her association with the now-late NBA star was what really shot her profile through the roof.

Vanessa Laine Bryant’s Life Before Kobe

Vanessa Bryant was born in Huntington Beach, California on May 5, 1982, as Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta. Her last name was later legally changed to Laine following her mother’s second marriage to a man identified by Stephen Laine.

As the story goes, Vanessa’s mother Sofia had been married to a man whose family name is Urbietta. With the man, she welcomed two girls; Vanessa and her older sister Sophie. When Vanessa was about three years old, her parents went through a divorce and so she and her sister were largely raised by their single mother. After some years, Sofia met and married businessman Stephen Laine. While Stephen never legally adopted Vanessa, the young girl still changed her last name to Laine, presumably as an honor to her stepfather or for the sake of convenience.

Unfortunately, Vanessa’s mother’s second marriage did not last forever as she divorced Stephen Laine in 2002. Her daughter has since removed the name from hers as she now largely goes by Vannessa Marie Bryant even though she is most known and identified with the former one.

For her education, Vanessa Laine Bryant attended St. Boniface Parish School in Anaheim, California, before proceeding to Marina High School, part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District in California. It was while she was here that she began to model. She was viewed by many as the next big thing in the modeling world and was thus invited to the Teen Choice Award events in 1999.

Vanessa further had the chance to appear in music videos, as it is reported that it was on the set of a Snoop Dogg music video that she met the man who would later become her husband.

Her Marriage to the Basketball Icon

 

View this post on Instagram

 

1999/(2000 Championship)

A post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on

After meeting each other on the set of the music video, Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe began dating. Six months down the line, in May 2000, the pair became engaged. Kobe had at the time already spent three years in the NBA while Vannessa herself was a senior in high school.

In order to avoid media scrutiny, the young girl had to leave school and finish her studies via homeschooling. About a year after they got engaged, the pair exchanged marital vows at a wedding ceremony held at Saint Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Dana Point, CA, on April 18, 2001.

READ   Gisele Bundchen - Relationship With Tom Brady, Twin & Siblings

In the following years, Vanessa was able to provide much-needed support to her husband who had already become a beast on the basketball court. Some of what he achieved in his career includes five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, two NBA finals MVP awards, two NBA scoring awards, eleven All-NBA First Team selections, and 18 NBA All-Star appearances among many other achievements before he called it quits on his career in 2016. Kobe also played for the U.S. Men’s basketball, winning the Olympics twice and the FIBA Americas Championship.

Meet Their Daughters

vanessa bryant
Kobe, Vanessa, and their daughters (Image Source)

Two years after they became man and wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant and her husband welcomed their first daughter, Natalia Diamante, who was born in January 2003. In May 2006, their second daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore was born before third child Bianka Bella arrived ten years later in December 2016.

In January 2019, the Bryant’s announced that they were expecting their fourth daughter. On June 20, 2019, the couple announced on social media that the expected bundle of joy just arrived. She was named Capri “Koko” Kobe Bryant.

Vanessa’s Marriage Almost Ended in 2011

Vanessa’s marriage to Kobe almost collapsed in 2011, about ten years after it started. The cracks that would have done the damage began to appear just two years into the marriage when a woman accused the basketball star of sexual assault in 2003. Criminal charges were brought against Kobe as he claimed his innocence, stating that the sexual encounter between him and the woman was consensual. The charges were eventually dropped after the accuser refused to testify, as a civil suit was later settled out of court.

The couple managed to patch things up between themselves, however, in December 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. The public did not have the privilege of knowing what transpired this time around but many speculated that it was infidelity on Kobe’s part. Two years later, the duo announced on social media together that they were no longer going ahead with the divorce.

See Also: Meet Lauren Drain’s Parents, Siblings and Family

Vanessa Laine Bryant Lost Her Husband and Daughter in a Helicopter Crash

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9h6OhKDojK/

 

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi were among the nine occupants of a helicopter that crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. The group were on their way to a basketball game at the former basketball player’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks when the incident occurred.

On February 7, Vanessa’s husband and daughter were buried in a private funeral in Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, California. A public memorial service was then held at Staples Center on February 24, a date that spelled out 2/24, marking both Kobe’s and Gigi’s jersey numbers.

Avatar
Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.

Recommended

A Close Look At Daniel Tosh’s Net Worth, His Wife And Gay Rumors

Daniel Tosh is an American stand up comedian, actor, writer, executive producer, and television host. He is popular for his controversial style of dark...

Making Sense Of Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt’s Divorce

No one likes divorce, but, sadly, it happens for several different reasons. Best couples are no different; we've seen marriages between lovebirds crash when...

14 Corrupt Billionaires Who Have Served Jail Time

One would like to think that being a billionaire would at least solve the problem of greed, instead, the reverse is the case for...

10 Instagram Fitness Models Who Are Raking In Millions Online

Instagram was launched only about a decade ago, but today, with its more than half a billion users, it has since joined the big...

Who Are Charles Barkley’s Wife and Kids and What is His Net Worth?

Charles Barkley is famous for being one of the most phenomenal American basketball players of all time. As an NBA player, he was nicknamed...

See If These 20 Most Expensive Movies Made In The Past Decade are Worth It

In a bid to satisfy the increasing appetites of movie critics and viewers and also outdo their previous performances, filmmakers, over the past decade,...

Top 26 World’s Most Expensive Houses And Their Owners

Have you ever wondered what the finest and most expensive houses could look like? Then here, with combined information from Forbes, we bring you images...

More From Justrichest

Inside Jay Leno’s Massive Car Collection, Net Worth & Family Life

Jay Leno is without doubt, one of the finest and most mature entertainers America has ever produced. A multiple award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, TV...

12 Biggest and Most Expensive Homes of Extravagant Footballers In 2020

The huge and decent earnings of footballers grant them the audacity to exemplify lavish spending and also enable them to sustain every aspect of...

Jessica Nigri Net Worth: How Much Money Does The Cosplayer Make?

Jessica Nigri is a well-known American cosplayer. For the benefit of those who don’t know, Cosplay is derived from the words costume and play....

20 Strongest and Most Powerful Currencies in The World (Updated 2020)

According to World Atlas, there are 180 currencies in circulation that are recognized by the United Nations across the wide world and these are...

Featured Today

Little Known Facts About Kristen Welker’s Career, Parents and Husband

Those who can tell a thing or two about Kristen Welker will quickly point out that she is a media personality known for her...

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Shirley Ann Jones – Bio, Family & Facts About Jerry Van Dyke’s Wife

The veteran comedic actor Jerry McCord Van Dyke died on January 5, 2018, after an eventful career that lasted over five decades. He was...

Who Is Sibylle Szaggars, What Does She Do and How Did She Meet Robert Redford?

The founder of the biggest independent film festival in the US Robert Redford is no doubt a big name in Hollywood. Apart from his...

Top 10 Richest Male Porn Stars In The World

What could be better than passing time other than watching an adult movie on your television, computer, or anywhere? Sex has something to do...

Related Stories