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.
Kobe Bryant may have been facing $1.36 million in monthly spousal and child support payments if divorce went through
Take it from me: Divorce is really, really expensive, especially in California. The news recently broke that Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have reconciled. If you’re wondering how much Kobe would have to pony up if he and Vanessa Bryant couldn’t get back together, you might want to keep reading. You also might want to sit down.
Kobe would obviously have to pay child support for his two daughters, Natalia and Gianna. As required by federal law, California uses a formula to calculate child support. The most important factors in determining child support are the incomes of the spouses and the timeshare each spouse has with the children.
As Kobe and Vanessa did not sign a prenuptial agreement, Kobe would also have to pay spousal support to Vanessa. In California, the higher-earning spouse can be expected to support the lower-earning spouse for half the length of the marriage in many cases. However, once a marriage hits 10 years, it’s a totally different ball game. A 10-year marriage is considered a long-term marriage and a California judge can award spousal support indefinitely. Vanessa and Kobe crossed that 10-year threshold a few months before Vanessa initiated divorce proceedings, meaning Kobe might have had to pay spousal support for the rest of Vanessa’s life (ouch).
So what are we looking at in terms of child and spousal support?
Vanessa initiated the divorce in Dec. 2011, but she announced on her new Instagram account Friday that the two have reconciled and that they are no longer divorcing.
“We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled,” she wrote on Instagram on behalf of her and Kobe. “Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together.”
Kobe was working hard to try to preserve the marriage after Vanessa initiated the divorce. Not only did he sign the couple’s three mansions over to her (Vanessa recently sold one for $3.22 million), but he also continued trying to be a good family man.
It was reported in June that they were working on an official reconciliation. Several months later, that has come through.
Here’s Vanessa’s Instagram posting on the matter:
Kobe signed the couple’s three properties over to Vanessa when the two were beginning divorce proceedings in late 2011.
Vanessa listed the 6,000 square foot mansion on sale for $3.75 million in September. TMZ reports and a listing service confirms that the property officially sold for $3.22 million on Jan. 8. They say Vanessa’s mother was living in the mansion prior to the sale.
The couple purchased the property for $2.65 million in 2003, so Vanessa enjoyed a healthy profit on the investment.
According to a listing on Redfin.com, the property has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. It is located in the Pelican Ridge Estate gated community in Newport Coast.
In addition to selling one of her mansions, Vanessa, like her husband, has recently joined a social media service. A few months before Kobe joined Twitter, Vanessa joined Instagram. She used her platform to respond to rapper Drake, who criticized her in one of his songs.
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Vanessa Bryant gave us a glimpse into what appeared to be her front-running and demanding personality during a recent interview, but she has recanted after realizing how badly the comments made her look.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Vanessa Bryant said “I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships.
“If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
After reading that, it was hard to tell which one of the Bryants demands a championship more. But after all the negative publicity she received for her remarks, Vanessa recanted.
“I’m sad to hear that comments in my New York Magazine interview are being misconstrued and taken out of context,” she said in a statement, per TMZ. “I have and will continue to support my husband’s dreams.
“I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates.
“For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a ‘winner’ it is about our sacrifice as a family.”
Vanessa got engaged to Kobe in May 2000 and he won his first championship in June 2000. Can’t dispute the facts.
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In addition to giving the Lakers a better chance to win an NBA championship, the acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash may actually help Kobe Bryant’s marriage. But how? As you probably know, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have been trying to reconcile their marriage since earlier in the summer. As far as we know, they have not gotten all the way there yet. Judging by what Vanessa said she looks for in a partner, winning another ring this season could work in Kobe’s favor.
“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships,” she said. “If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
If she said this a few months ago we could have made a solid LeBron James joke, but now it wouldn’t really be appropriate.
It’s pretty obvious Vanessa is only interesting in being with a winner. Kobe has five championship rings, but perhaps a sixth could go a long way toward making his wife forget about these pictures from London. Forget tying M.J. — Kobe needs to win his wife back.
UPDATE: Vanessa Bryant has backtracked from her comments. Here’s her statement.