According to People Magazine Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa filed for divorce today in Orange County, California. A source has confirmed this information to People.
The Los Angeles Laker's wife of 10 years has cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support and shared custody of their two daughts, Natalia Diamante Bryant, 8, and Gianna Maria-Onore, 5.
Bryant, 33, and his soon-to-be ex-wife, 29, married in April 2001, when Bryant was just 22 and Vanessa was only 18.
The couple released a statement to The Insider's Kevin Frazier saying, "The couple say "We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time."
The couple weathered a very public scandal in 2003 after Bryant was charged with allegedly raping a 19-year-old Colorado resort employee. The case was settled out of court and the charges were dropped when the accuser refused to testify in court.
After the scandal was made public Vanessa was seen with a brand new 8-carat purple diamond ring worth approximately $4 million which was rumored to be Kobe's way of apologizing for causing her any heartache over the accusations. At the time the couple had only been married 2 years."I sit here in front of you guys, furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making the mistake of adultery," Bryant said in a press conference in July of that year. "And I love my wife with all my heart."