Vanessa Bryant: biography and latest news!

    Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa © Backgrid USA
    Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa © Backgrid USA

  • Occupation: Mannequin
  • Real name: Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta
  • Sign: Bull
  • Date of birth: Wednesday 05 May 1982 (age: 38)
  • Country: United States

Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta, whose real name is Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta, was born in California on 5 May 1982. She was three years old when her parents separated. She grew up with her mother and older sister, Sophie. Later her mother remarried a businessman, Stephen Laine. In 2000, although her stepfather did not adopt her, the girl decided to change her last name to Vanessa Laine. As a teenager, she began a modeling career.

In 1999, she was 17 years old when she met NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant on the set of a Snoop Dogg music video, where she was hired as a model. It was love at first sight and the athlete proposed to her after a few months. The couple got married on April 18, 2001, in Dana Point, California. After her marriage, she changed her name again to Vanessa Marie Bryant. On January 19, 2003, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Natalia Diamante.

In September 2004, Kobe Bryant was charged with sexual assault by a 19-year-old woman. He denies the facts and apologizes to his family for cheating on his wife. A financial agreement is reached between the sportsman and his accuser and the complaint is withdrawn.

Subsequently, the couple enlarges the family and a second daughter is born in May 2006, Gianna Maria-Onore. But in 2011, following Kobe Bryant’s infidelities, Vanessa files for divorce. The couple finally sealed their reunion in 2013. In 2016, Kobe Bryant announces that he is putting an end to his sports career and devotes himself to his family. In December 2016, a third daughter, Bianka Bella, followed by Capri Kobe, born on June 20, 2019.

On 26 January 2020, her husband and daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California.