Ten and a half years of marriage for celebrities is a huge accomplishment. Let’s face it, staying together in Hollywood is not the easiest thing to do. Despite Vanessa Bryant owning the deeds to three mansions and being entitled to half of Kobe Bryant’s money, it looks like the two are working toward a reconciliation, according to TMZ. The site reports that Vanessa will not sign the paperwork that would make her divorce from the Lakerstar final. Vanessa may have had a change of heart about the man she’s been with since she was 17-years-old, but the two have yet to move back in together.
California law mandates a six month waiting period from the date of filing before the divorce is officially final. This weekend marks the six month period for the couple. When Vanessa filed for divorce in December the ‘net went bananas about the non-existent prenup. It even prompted Drake to rap in “Stay Schemin,” “Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s/Kobe my n***a I hate it had to be him/B**** you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.” Well, Drake may get his wish if the two decide to save the marriage. Only time will tell if these two are headed back to marital bliss, but in the meantime take a look at the timeline of their relationship.
November 1999: Kobe and Vanessa met while Vanessa was working as a backup dancer on the set of Tha Eastsidaz “G’d Up” video and he was shooting his own video that was never released. Although Vanessa was a 17-year-old high school student, Bryant courted her anyway — for a whole six months before tying the knot.
May 2000: In the longest courtship ever (we kid, we kid) the couple announced their engagement while Vanessa was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach. High school graduation and an engagement to a millionaire ball player in the same year must be sweet!
April 18, 2001: The pair jump the broom at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point. Rumors buzzed that both his parents and sister opposed their union, therefore didn’t attend the wedding. But that didn’t stop Kobe from vowing “until death do us part” to his young bride.
January 2002: What’s a marriage without a $4 million home in which to start a new life together? The couple moved into their new mansion in Newport Beach. We’re guessing the Bryants’ housewarming gift to their new daughter-in-law was less than warm.
August 2002: A glowing pregnant Vanessa is hugged up with her husband at the Teen Choice Awards. The couple are expecting their first child.
January 19, 2003: Daughter Natalia Diamante Bryant arrives! She is the first child of the couple, and allegedly she was the cause of ending Bryant’s estrangement from his parents.
July 4, 2003: Literally six months after giving birth to baby Natalia, Vanessa learns an arrest warrant for sexual assault was issued for Kobe in Eagle, Colorado. While in town for a knee surgery, an employee of the hotel where he was a guest accused him of sexual assault.
July 18, 2003: Bryant is officially charged with sexual assault. Vanessa stands by her man as Kobe admits to the world he had consensual sex with the hotel clerk.
July 21, 2003: Kobe isn’t giving up on his marriage. He gives Vanessa an 8-carat purple diamond ring reportedly worth $4 million. Talk about a gift that says, “I’m sorry. I screwed up.”
September 24, 2004: The felony sexual assault charges are dropped when Kobe’s accuser refuses to testify against him.
Spring 2005: Unfortunately, Vanessa suffers a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy.
May 2005: Committed to their vows, Kobe and Vanessa renew their vows in a re-commitment ceremony in Laguna Beach. Kobe plans the whole thing as a surprise.
May 1, 2006: A year after renewing their vows their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, is born.
August 2007: Rumors spread like wildfire that there is trouble in paradise. Possibly infidelity again? But the couple deny, deny, deny that their marriage is on the rocks.
December 1, 2011: Vanessa signs a divorce petition and six days later Kobe signs a response. The world finds out there’s no prenup.
December 16, 2011: Vanessa’s marriage petition is filed in Orange County Superior Court. She asked for joint custody of their children and spousal support.
February 14, 2012: Although the divorce is in motion, the two are caught sharing a kiss on Valentine’s Day. Vanessa shows up to hubby/soon-to-be ex hubby’s game at the Staples Center.
June 12, 2012: TMZ reports Vanessa will not sign the divorce documents to make the divorce final. And the story continues…