A Timeline of Kobe & Vanessa Bryant’s 20-Year Relationship

Vanessa and Kobe met on the set of the music video for G’ed Up. Vanessa, then 17, was working as a backup dancer and Kobe, age 21 and already a basketball star, was working on his debut album.


Six months later, Kobe knew he’d found the love of his life. He proposed, and Vanessa said yes — but they decided she should switch over to an independent study to finish high school, to avoid questions about the age of his fiancée.


Kobe and Vanessa got married at a Catholic church in Dana Point, California.


In January 2003, the couple welcomed their first daughter Natalia.


In 2005, Vanessa suffered a devastating miscarriage. She was able to become pregnant again, and rainbow baby Gianna was born in May 2006.


Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe as rumors swirled that the basketball player had had multiple affairs.


By 2013, Vanessa felt solid enough in her relationship with Kobe that she was comfortable letting the world know they were back together.


In 2016, the Bryant family hit two major milestones: in April, Kobe said goodbye to his 20-year basketball career, and in December, baby Bianka was born.


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