Vanessa Marie Bryant (born Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta) is a former American model and video vixen. Vanessa began her career as a teenager with Bryant appearing in numerous music videos. She is the wife of Kobe Bryant who died on January 26, 2020, in a plane crash together with 13-year old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore Bryant.
Vanessa Bryant was born on May 5, 1982, in Huntington Beach, California. She is the second child of Sofia Laine (nee Urbieta). Vanesa Bryant is currently 37 years old.
Vanessa Bryant is of Mexican, and Irish, English, German descent.
Vanessa Bryant is the daughter of Sofia Laine (nee Urbieta). When she was three years old, her parents divorced and she and her older sister Sophie were raised by her mother until a few years later when her mother married businessman Stephen Laine. Her name was legally changed to Vanessa Laine in 2000 when she took her stepfather’s name even though he never adopted her.
Kobe Bryant once confessed that he met his wife Vanessa Bryant in 1999. He was 21 years old at the time and she was 17. Kobe and Vanessa met when 17 years old Vanessa Laine was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video “G’d up” and Kobe was working on his debut music album which was never released. According to E! True Hollywood story, Kobe proposed to Vanessa six months later and they did not sign a prenuptial agreement. According to Vanessa’s cousin Laila Laine, Bryant “Loved her too much for a prenuptial agreement”.
The two began dating while Laine was still a senior at Marina High school in Huntington Beach, California. She had to complete her studies via a home program to avoid the media scrutiny arising from her dating Kobe Bryant.
The two married on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. However, neither Bryant’s parents, his two sisters, longtime advisor, and agent Arn Tellem and Bryant’s Laker teammates attended the wedding. Byrant’s parents were opposed to the marriage because of him marrying when so young, and especially to a woman who was not African-American. The disagreement resulted in a two-year estrangement that ended when Bryant had his first daughter. After she got married, she changed her name to Vanessa Marie Bryant.
Kobe and Vanessa’s marriage survived a sexual assault lawsuit when Kobe was accused of raping a 19-year old hotel worker in 2004. In 2011 Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe while citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. However, in 2013, the couple announced that they had called off the divorce, and they remained married until Kobe’s death.
Vanessa and the Late Kobe Bryant have four children together and all four are girls. Natalie Diamante was born in 2003, Gianna Maria-Onore, who was in the helicopter with Kobe and died was born in May 2006, Bianka Bella was born in December 2016, and Capri Kobe was born in June 2019. After Kobe’s retirement in 2015, she released a statement saying, “I’m so excited to see what God has in store for us and as a family now that one chapter is closing and new ones are opening”. Now, following the tragedy, it has become a heartbreaking message.
Vanessa Bryant has an estimated net worth of $75 Million.