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10 Most shocking celebrity splits of 2011

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Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant were one of many celebrity breakups in 2011
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Kobe
Bryant & Vanessa Bryant

Relationship:
Dec. 16, 2001
to April 18, 2011

Time investment:
10 years

These two met in 1999 when Vanessa Laine was 17 and Kobe Bryant was 21. What seemed like a fairytale romance, Bryant’s sexual assault allegation in 2003 brought a flurry of unwanted attention and a harsh spotlight on the couple. Bryant seemed to make amends with a massive ring valued at over 4 million. However, Vanessa recently filed for divorce this holiday season, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The couple does not have a prenuptial agreement and since they were together for a decade, she is entitled to half of Kobe’s assets under California law.

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