The couple met in 1999. 1
"This pic is the day I asked @ladyvb24 for her number 11/28/99. Thru the ups and downs she has been my love and best friend," he captioned this pic. "20 and 17 yrs old when we met, we have actually grown up together. A true honor and a blessing."
The lovely couple tied the knot in 2001. 2
Kobe married his lady on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. It was reported that his parents were opposed to him getting married because he was so young and because Vanessa was not African American. They did not attend his wedding.
They hit a major rough patch 2003. 3
In 2003, the NBA player made headlines after being accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a Colorado hotel. Bryant admitted to having sex with 19-year-old Katelyn Faber, but claimed it was consensual and not assault. The civil suit was settled outside of court and Vanessa stuck by her man.
They announced their second pregnancy in 2006. 5
Vanessa confirmed they were expecting their second daughter Gianna. The little one was born in May 2006.
The couple had plenty to celebrate in 2008. 6
In 2008, Bryant won five NBA championships and the title of MVP. He was at the height of his career and his marriage seemed just fine.
Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011. 7
Vanessa filed for divorce from the Lakers star after 10 years of marriage. Reportedly, he was having affairs with multiple women and she was done for good.
They reconciled in 2013. 8
The divorce was called off! In 2013, Vanessa wrote on her Instagram page, which is now private, "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together," she wrote.
They took a trip to Europe in 2015. 9
The Bryants took a selfie under the Tower in Miracle Square. They look like lovebirds again, no?
The couple announced their baby news in 2016. 11
The Bryants confirmed that they're expecting their third daughter. He wrote, "Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!!"
Bianka was born in December 2016. 12
They welcomed their third child together! "@vanessabryant and I are beyond excited to welcome our newest baby girl, Bianka!! #BabyBlessing #SweetBaby #AnotherAngel ❤," he added. "Bianka Bella Bryant. December 5, 2016. 7 pounds 5 ounces 20 inches."
Vanessa was by his side at the start of the second act of his career. 13
The couple attended many events together and Vanessa was by his side as Kobe began his new roles after he retired from basketball.
Kobe became an Oscar winner! 14
The former Lakers star won for his animated short Dear Basketball in 2018 and his wife was by his side at the awards ceremony, beaming with pride.
Their fourth baby girl was born in 2019. 15
Kobe announced the arrival of their third bundle of joy in June 2019 with an adorable photo of their baby girl. "Our little princess Capri Kobe Bryant “KoKo” 6/20/19 ❤️," he captioned the post.
The family of five looked beautiful at Vanessa's baby shower. 16
Kobe shared this pic of his family in May 2019 to give his wife a shout out for Mother's Day. "Happy Mother’s Day @vanessabryant we love you and thank you for all that you do for our family. You are the foundation of all that we hold dear. I love you #mybaby #lioness #mamabear #queenmamba," he wrote.
Kobe showed his wife a lot of love on her birthday. 18
They celebrated their 20 years of dating at Disney World! 19
"On this day 20 years ago I met my best friend, my Queen @vanessabryant I decided to take her on a date to Disneyland tonight to celebrate old school style (pre 4princesses) I love you my mamacita per sempre," he captioned this post on November 2019.
The family Christmas card was too sweet. 20
The family of six celebrated the holidays in 2019 with a gorgeous Christmas card. Such a beautiful family.