Vanessa Laine Bryant - Updated May 2024

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Vanessa Laine Bryant

Vanessa Laine Bryant is mostly popular as the wife of the basketball star, the late Kobe Bryant. Vanessa Laine Bryant is also a former American model who has appeared in music videos.

Early Life and Childhood

Vanessa’s full name is Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo Laine Bryant. She was born on 5 May 1982 in her house in Huntington Beach, California. Her age is currently 40 years old and her zodiac sign is Taurus.

Moreover, her mother’s name is Sofia Laine. Her biological father’s name is unknown and sadly they divorced when she was only 3 years old. Her stepfather is Stephen Laine and though she was never adopted, she took her step-father’s last name. Furthermore, she has an elder sister named Sophie. Her ethnicity is half-Irish and Mexican and her nationality is American.


Talking about her education, Vanessa Bryant attended Marina High School and graduated in the year 2000. Before this, she attended St. Boniface Parochial School in 1996. She was a varsity cheerleader at this school. Other details about her further education are not available.

She was already dating Kobe before her graduation. Hence, to avoid media, Vanessa completed her high school through independent study. She also missed her Prom due to the attention she received being the girlfriend of the legendary basketballer.

Professional Life

Vanessa Laine Bryant is a former model and she also appeared in music videos. She was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video “G’d Up” when she met her late husband Kobe Bryant.

Vanessa Laine Bryant is good friends with celebrities like Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, and Mary J Blige among others. She and former first lady, Michelle Obama also share their love and admiration for basketball.

Caption: Vanessa and Kobe posing with the Academy Awards Kobe received in March 2018. Source: Instagram

Vanessa Laine Bryant – Net Worth 2023

Furthermore, the now-widow has a net worth of $600. At present, she is not signed as a brand ambassador for any brands or products. Nevertheless, she will surely be involved in the brand endorsement of major brands in the coming future.

Personal Life

Vanessa met Kobe for the first time on November 28, 1999, and they engaged six months later. They finally tied the knot on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California after Vanessa turned 18 years old. The two were together until her husband died in a tragic accident on 26 January 2020. 

Vanessa and Kobe had four daughters together but one of them, Gianna, also passed away alongside her husband in the same accident. The names of the remaining three daughters are Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. They are 17 years old, 3 years old, and 7 months young respectively.

The family lived happily without any worries until the tragedy of two family members’ untimely demise. With the passing of daughter Gianna, there has recently been no member who plays basketball in their family. Vanessa Laine Bryant

Caption: Vanessa Laine Bryant with her whole family before her husband and daughter passed away. Source: Instagram


Vanessa was caught up in a scandal along with her husband Kobe in 2003. This year, Kobe was charged and arrested on account of the rape of a 19-year-old. The incident occurred in a hotel in Colorado. Kobe apologized to Vanessa at the press conference admitting to adultery.

Later in 2005, Vanessa experienced a miscarriage due to ectopic pregnancy. Her husband blamed himself for putting Vanessa through the hard times due to his mistake. Furthermore, Vanessa filed for divorce in the year 2011 after 10 years of marriage. Vanessa was expected to receive half of the $150 million fortune, but the couple patched up in 2013 putting an end to the divorce process.

In 2009, the couple faced another lawsuit with their former housekeeper Maria Jimenez, who accused Vanessa of “badgering, harassing and humiliating” her repeatedly. They filed a counterclaim, announcing that Jimenez had violated a confidentiality agreement when she determined to discuss their private affairs in public. However, it too was settled out of court.

On January 26, 2020, her husband Kobe Bryant, and the 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. This made her weaker and more emotional. However, she is currently settled with her daughters.

Vanessa Laine Bryant

Caption: Vanessa Laine Bryant with Kobe in a 2003 press conference where he confessed his adultery and apologized to Vanessa. Source: Los Angeles Times

Vanessa Laine Bryant – Body Measurements

Talking about Vanessa Laine Bryant’s height, she is around 5’5″ in height and her weight is approximately 61 kg. Other details like her chest-waist-hip, dress size, shoe size, etc. are not available.

Vanessa Laine Bryant – Social Media

Furthermore, Vanessa Laine Bryant is not very active on social media platforms. She is available on Instagram with the username @vanessabryant, but the account is currently private. Nevertheless, she has 1.4 million followers on this photo-sharing platform.

Her husband often shared about their family on his personal Instagram handle @kobebryant before his demise. Furthermore, Vanessa is not available on other media sites.

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