Now eight months removed from the final NBA game of his career, Kobe Bryant is ready to take on a new challenge — and it has nothing to do with basketball or business.
TMZ has learned that Bryant and his wife Vanessa welcomed their third child, another little girl, this week. Kobe and Vanessa already have two daughters, and they announced back in July that they were expecting a third.
The Bryants’ first daughter , Natalia Diamante, was born in 2003. Their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore, was born in 2006. Ironically, Kobe once gave a Lakers writer advice on how to conceive a boy.
A third baby is great news for Kobe and Vanessa, especially after we learned about the miscarriage they endured years ago. Retirement just got a little better for one of the greatest athletes of all time.
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Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA only a few months ago, and he wasted no time expanding his family.
Kobe and wife Vanessa announced on Instagram Tuesday that they are expecting their third child — a girl — which would give them three girls.
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The two seem excited about the pregnancy. Their first daughter, Natalia Diamante, was born in 2003. Their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore, was born in 2006. Their third is coming soon.
The big irony is that Kobe once gave a Lakers writer advice on how to have a boy:
There was one thing, years ago, I had two girls and we were talking about how we were going to try to have a third. And, he told me that to have a boy, I need to keep my socks on with my wife… that was his advice. I did not listen, and I have a third girl.
Clearly Kobe forgot to leave his socks on.
This is really great for the Bryant family, especially since we learned that Vanessa suffered a miscarriage years ago. Maybe they always wanted a bigger family.
Kobe Bryant opened up in an unprecedented way in his new documentary and even revealed that wife Vanessa suffered a miscarriage during his rape trial in 2004.
Bryant was investigated for sexual assault in 2003 after having sex with a woman who worked at the Colorado hotel where he was staying ahead of a procedure he was set to undergo on his knee. The charges against Bryant were dismissed in 2004 after the accuser said she would not testify, and the two later settled a civil suit.
In his new documentary “Muse,” which aired on Showtime over the weekend, Bryant revealed that Vanessa suffered a miscarriage with what would have been their second child.
“Things would have been really easy to leave, especially during that time. It would have been much easier to leave. Take half the money. Have your daughter. But she didn’t do that.
“We were expecting our second child during that time. There was so much stress … she actually miscarried. I have a real hard time dealing with that because I felt like it was just my fault. Like we should be building our family but because of my mistake — because of this tough year — we lost a baby.
“We tried to justify — you don’t realize how common miscarriages are, you know, these things happen and it’s a part of the process. But the reality is it happened because of me. That’s the reality of it. And that’s something that I gotta carry forever.”
The Bryants’ first child, daughter Natalia, was born in 2003. The miscarriage occurred during the spring of 2005. Their second daughter, Gianna, was born in May 2006.
The miscarriage was one of many difficult times in the relationship between Kobe and Vanessa. She reportedly was fuming when some shirtless photos of Kobe were taken in 2012, which were released months after she filed for divorce in late 2011. The two eventually called off the split in 2013 and got back together.
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Vanessa Bryant doesn’t seem like the type to take part in a dramatic reality TV show like “Real Housewives of Orange County,” but that may be exactly why the shows producers are reportedly looking to add her. According to RumorFix.com, there will be a new face on the next season of RHOC and it could be Kobe Bryant’s better half.
“There will be a new girl and a new friend,” an insider reportedly told the gossip site. “They are looking at athletes’ wives. There is one who plays professional baseball. There have also been talks of Kobe Bryant’s wife being scoped out.”
Earlier this month, Radar Online reported that one of the shows current stars, Tamra Judge, could be given the boot with the producers looking to get rid of her pot-stirring antics and add a “voice of reason” to the cast.
“Everyone is stirring the pot too much. So they’re NOT looking for someone who’s a sex pot or out of control,” Radar Online reported. “Actually, just the opposite. They want someone who’s really successful, an entrepreneur or just someone who’s well respected among their peers.”
Vanessa and Kobe Bryant nearly went through a divorce last year but ended up reconciling. There have also been rumors that Vanessa hates Khloe Kardashian, which has the potential to make for good television. We’ll see if the rumors come to fruition.
Kobe Bryant probably had a better Valentine’s Day than you. How do we know that? Because wow, I’m still in shock about the picture he shared of wife Vanessa wearing some skimpy lingerie.
Kobe posted the photo to his Instagram account Friday night and called Vanessa “Queen Mamba.” Here was the caption:
“#QueenMamba @ladyvb24 Celebrate the one you love #myvalentine happy valentines day to all #blessings”
The picture is so risque, I’ve posted it below the jump.
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Kobe Bryant made his season debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds in 28 minutes against the Toronto Raptors. Over the weekend, his wife Vanessa also debuted the family’s Christmas card. It has a Laker theme.
As you can see from the photo above that Vanessa posted on Instagram, there is plenty of purple and gold going on. Kobe and Vanessa also posed for a photo without their kids.
In the wake of the massive contract extension Kobe signed that will likely keep him with the Lakers for the remainder of his career, it only makes sense that he went with the purple and gold theme.
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Kobe Bryant has opened up parts of his personal life to his fans ever since joining Twitter and Instagram this year, and the Los Angeles Lakers star got extra personal on Monday.
Kobe is on a tour in China, and he expressed his longing for wife Vanessa.
“Miss my #Qm #allreal #Ishouldknow #CapriSun #chinatour” Bryant wrote on Instagram.
Nothing quite like Kobe boasting about his “all real” wife. It’s nice to see things going well between the couple after all the difficulty they have had.