With no apparent prenuptial agreement in place, some project that Vanessa Bryant could walk away with $75 million after ending her marriage to Kobe Bryant.
Judging by the timing of Vanessa’s decision, many speculate that she is filing for divorce now because after more than 10 years of marriage, she could be entitled to more now than she would have received years ago when Kobe’s infidelity became public news.
“Vanessa almost threw in the towel four years ago. Kobe has always had a slew of girlfriends, and the cheating was almost blatant,” a source close to the couple told RadarOnline.com.
Vanessa’s stepfather is one person who thinks the basketball wife’s timing was strategic.
“Her mother taught her well to wait for the 10-year mark,” Vanessa’s stepfather Stephen Laine told TMZ.
“I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly they don’t need it,” said Stephen, who would rather be using that money toward his 6-year-old daughter’s education.
“You’d think she’d care, but no. She’s spiteful,” he said.
As for Vanessa, she stands to gain a lot more than a few thousand a month.
“Access Hollywood” reports that she’s likely to get $75 million in total. That’s half of Kobe’s estimated $150 million worth.
In what was perhaps a romantic gesture of faith, Kobe did not secure a prenuptial agreement before marrying Vanessa, according to reports.
In 2005, Vanessa’s mom Sofia Urbieta Laine explained to the LA Times why Kobe opted not to have his bride sign the financial documents.
“She just came home one day and said something to the effect that Kobe didn’t want a prenup, that he loved her too much," Sofia said.
Despite whether Vanessa has ulterior motives for splitting from Kobe now, no one denies that Kobe has been unfaithful in his marriage.
Since the news about their split spread, Kobe has been linked with Kim Kardashian’s BFF Carla DiBello, who denies a recent denial statement attributed to her.
Watch the “Access Hollywood” reports below.
—Tracy L. Scott
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