Congrats are in order for retired NBA baller Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa.
On Tuesday, July 12, Bryant announced that he and his wife of 15 years are expanding their family with a third child. “Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #Blessed #BabyMamba #Thankful,” Bryant, 37, wrote via Instagram, alongside a snap featuring a “Baby Mamba” onesie, glittery red bow and pair of super cute Nike Kobe sneakers.
Meanwhile, Vanessa, 34, shared a similar image, and caption on Instagram. The pair who briefly split five years ago, already have two children, daughters Natalia, 13, and Gianna, 10.
In December 2011, social media went wild when Vanessa filed for divorce after 10 years of marriage to the superstar shooting guard. Although the Mexican-born beauty cited irreconcilable differences, various news reports at the time claimed Bryant’s alleged extramarital affairs, including with a Playboy model and one of the producers of the Kardashians’ reality show was the final nail in the coffin.
Fast-forward to January 2013, and the Lakers star and his model wife had called off their divorce proceedings. “We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed,” Vanessa posted on her Instagram page. “We are looking forward to our future together.”
This is the second major announcement from Bryant this year, who in April ended his iconic 20-year basketball career, scoring 60 points in his final game. As for how he’s been spending his free time, it’s safe to say, the father-to-be has been heavily involved in his daughters’ sports activities. Big sister Natalia plays soccer while Gianna has inherited her dad’s basketball skills. “We were shooting not too long ago and she was shooting one-dribble pull-ups,” Bryant recently told ESPN. “I asked her where does she get that from? She said, ‘From watching you.’ I didn’t know she was paying attention that much,” the proud dad continued. “I watch her play and she has the same mannerisms. She’ll sit there and bite her jersey and all this other stuff. That’s a beautiful thing.”
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