Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa Bryant


Vanessa Bryant


May 5,1982


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Vanessa Cornejo Ubrieta Marie Laine Bryant (born Vanessa Cornejo Ubrieta May 5, 1982) is a model and a member of the Bryant Family. She is the wife of Kobe Bryant,mother of Natalia Bryant and Gianna Bryant, daughter of Sofia Laine, as well as, stepdaughter of Stephen Laine,sister of Sophie Laine, daughter-in law of Joe and Pamela Bryant, and sister-in-law of Sharia Bryant and Shaya Bryant.


Vanessa was born in Huntington Beach, California to Sofia Laine, and has a sister, Sophie, who is ten years older. Her father is Mexican and her mother Irish. Sophie and Vanessa's parents divorced when Vanessa was just a baby, after which her father had moved to Baja, Mexico. Sofia raised her daughters alone until 1990, when she married Stephen Laine. In high school Vanessa legally changed her family name to Laine even though Stephen never adopted Vanessa. For the most part, Vanessa was raised by her step-grandfather, Robert Laine.

The Laines lived in Anaheim and Temecula before moving to Garden Grove, where they bought a four-bedroom house. Vanessa graduated from St. Boniface parochial school in 1995, and Laine used his father's Huntington Beach address to get Vanessa into his alma mater, Marina High School. Vanessa wanted to attend Marina High to be with her stepfather's nieces, because she was very close to them.

Vanessa met Kobe Bryant in November 1999, when she was 17, while she was working as a background dancer in the video G'd Up from the rap group Tha Eastsidaz. Bryant was in the building working on his album, which was never released

The two began dating and soon the relationship started getting attention from the media. The media attention proved too much for the school and it banned Bryant from the campus.[citation needed] Bryant was also banned from attending Vanessa's prom and her graduation.

Eventually Vanessa completed high school in 2000 through independent study due to the attention.

Kobe asked Vanessa to marry him in May 2000, after just 6 months of dating. Vanessa's engagement ring was 7 carats (1.4 g) and cost $100,000.

On April 18, 2001, 23 year old Kobe and 19 year old Vanessa were married at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. There were only about 12 guests at the wedding. Neither Kobe's parents, nor his two sisters, nor his longtime adviser and agent Arn Tellem, nor Kobe's teammates attended. This disagreement resulted in an estrangement period of over two years, during which Kobe Bryant did not have any contact with his parents.

According to Vanessa's cousin Laila Laine, there was no prenuptial agreement: "She just came home one day and said something to the effect that Kobe didn't want a prenup... that he loved her too much for one."

After the wedding the couple drove away in Kobe's Ferrari. They moved into a $4.1 million mansion in Newport Beach, California.

Vanessa gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Natalia Diamante Bryant, on Sunday January 19, 2003. After Natalia was born, Kobe and his parents reconciled. In April 2005, Vanessa suffered a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy. On Monday May 1, 2007 their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born.

On July 4, 2003, Kobe was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in Eagle, Colorado. Vanessa remained supportive of her husband and proclaimed his innocence, in spite of Kobe's defense that the incident in Colorado was consensual, thus meaning at best he had committed adultery. Kobe bought Vanessa a $4 million 8 carat (1.6 g) purple diamond ring as a way to say he was sorry. Eventually the charges against Kobe were dropped.

Kobe and Vanessa moved from the Los Angeles community of Pacific Palisades to the gated Newport Coast community of Ocean Ridge in Orange County. By coincidence, their new home was previously owned by Karl Malone's agent Dwight Manley. They decorated their home with things from their childhood: Kobe's Star Wars memorabilia and Vanessa's Disneyland memorabilia. In the backyard they put a replica of Hagrid's cottage from the Harry Potter movies.

In 2003 Kobe and Vanessa also purchased a home for Vanessa's mother, Sofia Ubrieta just around the corner from their home so she could be closer to her grandchildren. Sofia's home is kept in Kobe and Vanessa's name so Sofia can claim no assets and continue to collect alimony from her ex-husband (Vanessa's step-father), Stephen Laine.