Vanessa Bryant was married to Kobe for over 20 years. After the basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash, fans took out to commemorate his achievements. The helicopter crashed near Los Angeles. In the helicopter were present Kobe’s daughter Gianna and some family friends. This incident in 2020 took the whole world by shock and sorrow. There were tributes made by fans all around the globe for the Black Mamba.
Fans and family didn’t forget to acknowledge his role as loving husband and father to his 4 daughters. They had seen their own share of problems throughout their married life. Their relationship also tethered on the verge of divorce before Kobe’s death. But nonetheless, Kobe and Vanessa shared a very strong bond in their 20-year strong relationship.
Vanessa Laine Bryant was born on May 5, 1982, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her birth name was Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta. Her parents are Stephen and Sofia Laine. She is an only child. She grew up in a strict household with restrictions on dating. But in her high school years, she appeared in many music videos. Her music video model debut was in G’d Up. She appeared alongside Snoop Dogg and Tha Eastsidiz. During the making of one such music video, she met Kobe. And they started dating when Vanessa was in the senior year of high school. We will talk more about the American model here.
Vanessa Bryant’s Life & Relationship With Kobe
Vanessa’s parents divorced when she was a baby. Being raised by a single mother had a big impact on her. Her mother was very hardworking and raised her independently. Vanessa was always a model student. She was praised by teachers and classmates alike. She even took advanced mathematics classes. And she was active in the theater club. Although, she had no interest in acting. She wanted to make a career as a make-up artist. But surprisingly, she established a successful career in modeling.
She was recruited suddenly by a guy with a recording camera in search of a music video model. Then she went on to appear in many music videos with celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Krazy Bone. And thanks to this career, she met with Kobe. They dated when she was only 17. Due to this, Vanessa recieved much media attention. She had to complete high school from home.
Kobe and Vanessa took vows in 2001. Their marriage was opposed by both of their families. So Vanessa was estranged from her in-laws for a long time. Vanessa never liked the spotlight. She kept her married life strictly private. Although she has appeared with Kobe on many games and red carpet events. She had her first daughter Natalia in 2003. After this, Vanessa became a stay-at-home mom. She wanted to raise her kids independently with her own values. She had 3 other daughters with Kobe; Gianna, Bianka and Capri. Their relationship went through a major strain when Kobe was accused of sexual assault. But Vanessa stood strong by Kobe’s side. Kobe acknowledged that he had indulged in adultery, but the assault charges were false. Their marriage was also threatened with divorce in 2011. But the couple reconciled in 2013 and stayed strong together.
Vanessa Bryant Net Worth
As of 2021, Vanessa Bryant net worth estimates to $600M. Vanessa’s was married was not all sunshine and sweetness. They had both gone through tumultuous times. But after Kobe’s retirement in 2016, their family life took a new turn. Vanessa said since basketball took much of his time, retiring gave him more hours with his daughters. She even wanted to have a boy and raise him as a ‘mama’s boy’. But Kobe and their daughter Gianna’s death left her devastated. She made a speech in memory of him, remembering him as a good husband and loving father. On Gianna’s 15th birthday, Vanessa launched the brand Mambacita in partnership with Dannijo. She also inherited shares from Kobe’s brand BodyArmor which was worth $200M.