Vanessa Bryant would not want a husband “that can’t win championships”


I saw this story over at D-Listed and I couldn’t resist covering it. In case you were wondering why Vanessa Bryant keeps taking Kobe back after his serial cheating, she gives more than enough reasons in a new interview with NY Magazine. It’s not just multi-million dollar jewelry, designer labels, and living the high life. Vanessa loves the power that comes with being Mrs. Kobe Bryant, and she revels in it and yet tries to front like she’s above it all. It’s really amusing how haughty and yet clueless she comes across. Here are some choice excerpts:

On how Birkin bags are passe now:
“I’m not really a handbag person anymore,” says Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa. “I’ve collected Birkin bags, Chanel 2.55 jumbo flap bags, and the Marc Jacobs Stephen Sprouse collection for Louis Vuitton since I was a teenager. But now, as they say, everyone and their mom is buying a Birkin or a regular size 2.55 bag in black, taupe, or beige. I’ve been sticking to a magenta suede Proenza Schouler bag.”

On how she rarely speaks to the press
Of all the NBA wives, there are few more well-known yet less vocal than Vanessa Bryant, part of a class of female sphinxes like Huma Abedin and Silda Spitzer, her public profile shaped by the events in Room 35 of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Bryant rarely speaks to the press, but as the spotlight shifts to NBA wives, she’d like to say something, though she’s wary of revealing what has been hidden. “I thought things would go away, if you don’t feed into the b.s., and no one would think about you,” says Bryant, sitting on a black horseshoe-shaped couch on the palazzo outside of her pastel Newport Coast mansion, the Pacific spread beneath her, a Pomeranian named Gucci at her feet. “Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”

On if she’s still with Kobe
“Um,” she says, “yes. We’re working on things.”

On how she works so hard and doesn’t have a nanny
“I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case,” she says. “I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go.” She doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised”—and says that she has never missed a sports game or practice of her daughters, 6 and 9. This afternoon, she’s checking on the portable nebulizer her daughter uses for her asthma to take overseas. The medicines that doctors push for asthmatics make her uncomfortable, and she’s interested in starting a foundation for alternative treatments. “I’m not sure where she got asthma from, but I’m really careful,” she says. “When their dad’s over and he sprays deodorant, I ask him to go into another room. My youngest daughter has allergies to olive trees. We had twelve olive trees on this property, and after we took her to an allergist, I had them excavated.”

Claims she doesn’t hate Khloe Kardashian; is the head bitch of the basketball wives
When we start talking about the rumors that have gone around about Bryant, like that she and Khloé Kardashian have almost come to blows, she waves a hand. “Everything is false,” she says. “Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.” She talks about the tunnel on the way to the locker room that she stands in to give Kobe a kiss after games, the one that cameras always pan to. “If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel,” says Bryant. “I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”

On how she wouldn’t be married to a non-championship winner
“I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I do. I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”


On how Kobe wooed her when she was in high school

Bryant declines to get more personal, choosing instead to talk about how much she enjoys New York—“I looked for a place there, just for a quick vacation home for my kids, but we love staying at the Plaza”—and about the old days, when she fell in love with Kobe. They met after he saw her at a video shoot; she was only a senior in high school. “He’d come to school to get me in a black Mercedes, and flood the school with roses,” she says softly. “My curfew was 10 p.m., and he got done with practice at 2 p.m., so that’s how we’d see each other.”

[From NY Mag]

I looked up those Proenza Schouler bags and the large suede ones retail for a little under $2,000, so in this woman’s mind she’s probably being super thrifty. Also, maybe Vanessa doesn’t have a nanny because a) she doesn’t want a young woman around her husband and b) she treats staff so horribly that she can’t keep anyone around. It was much better for Vanessa’s image when she just kept her mouth shut and scowled. She pretty much confirmed here that she’s as much of a stuck up superficial gold-digger that people assumed.

This is my favorite picture of Vanessa, at the ESPYs in 2009. Credit: FameFlynet

 

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  1. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    Superficial hag.

  2. Murphy says:

    uh…did they really compare her to Huma Abedin? I get it, the silence thing…but STILL….no.

  3. tracking says:

    Although she does seem like a hands-on mom, it is tough to feel any sympathy for her marital woes, huh? Make a deal with the devil…

    Also, when did she become a Kim K. clone? Gross.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      “Make a deal with the devil”

      EXACTLY. These two deserve each other.
      I mean, it was so romantic the way they met-he picked her out of a music video when she was only 17. *swoon*
      Ugh.

      • Bankie says:

        No one replying to this post even knows why they hate Kobe Bryant.

        He was [accused] of rape AND ACQUITTED of the charge. So that’s not the problem you have with him.

        He’s the best baller in the league. That’s not it…

        He’s full of himself – uhhh….what? You mean like every single celeb in Hollyweird? I’m a native Los Angeleno and I can tell you this: HOUSEKEEPERS in L.A. are full of themselves. You can stop that now…

        All that said: his wife’s a gold-digger and at this moment the ONLY reason I doubt Kobe’s character is that he was stupid enough to marry this chick. If he didn’t arrange a prenup, I will throw SHOES at his butt next time I see him.

        That would make him TOO super stupid.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Bankie, I love you SO much. As a diehard lakers fan, who listens to sports radio daily, I heartily agree.

        Kobe was an immature idiot to get with her and fall for it. She was not picked out by him, she was on a shoot and I am sure she knew who Kobe was.

        What about Rothlisberger? we all know what he did was out and out assault in FRONT of witnesses. So many other examples.

        Kobe, despite his case being acquitted for very good reasons, the DA had a total hard on for him being a rookie DA. He knew his goose was cooked when the girl turned up pregnant to trial, had multiple dudes semen in her underwear, slept with two or three other dudes in the same 24 hour period, bragged at a party THAT night that she had sex with Kobe Bryant!!! She clocked out normally, chatted up her coworkers. Yeah, all hallmarks of being raped.

        And during the trial and pre trial he would fly home or play in Denver and drop 40 with game winners. He was a pro the entire time.

        Sure he is an egotistical, driven, competitive person. An “a-hole”. So was Jordan, you don’t get to the top without being tough as nails and driving team and management to win. When Wilt scored 100 in a game, they were ahead the entire time and his teammates fed him the ball for stats. When Kobe scored 81! points, they trailed almost the whole game and needed every point. He’s the best, a killer at what he does.

        He entered the league at 17, the worst decision he ever made was hooking up with this bitch.

        I’m a Lakers fan, sorry if I seem like I know way too much about them. It’s Lakers all day on ESPN LA and talk radio.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Is it really the moral high ground to say you have “no nanny” if you DO have a maid (or 2 or 3), a gardener, an accountant, etc.?

      I grew up with a girl who “married well” as they say and entered a whole other social scene. 25 years later, the marriage is dead but there’s no status in being the ex-wife of a rich man, so she stays and complains alot. Sounds like Vanessa’s thinking – she’s nobody if she’s only the ex-Mrs. Bryant, so she stays and complains about the little people who don’t understand what she goes through!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Sounds like an accurate comparison, Elizabeth.

        Anyway, she may be a “bitch” but then what does that make Kobe? A cheating bitch who married a “bitch”.

        Again, I know the post is about her and not Kobe but it drives me crazy how people give him a free pass while simultaneously slamming her.
        Nobody forced him to marry her. He has money, talent and although I think he looks like a weasel, many women find him attractive. Arguably, he can get anyone he wants so if he chooses her, then that’s on him. He wanted a vapid trophy wife who would let him have his cake and eat it too while keeping her mouth shut about it-he has that with Vanessa. He’s no effin’ symbol of morality and shouldn’t be treated as such.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        Actually her family forced him to marry her. She was 17 and he a couple years older and the family threatened him.

        FYI.

        Mmmm, versed. I will not be doing bikini photos. I am drugged with a wad of gauze and a head wrap of ice. Fu rimes!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Tiff-I left you an FB message! I’m hoping everything went well?

        Regardless, nothing a few Percs won’t help ;)

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        I saw it! I have been on and off the puter today depending on when I took my last meds:)

        I think I’ll be good in a few days. The sucky part? Clear liquids 24 hours, mashed diet for 2 weeks! I guess I am going to be very svelte at the end of this…

        Thanks for asking:) I’m gonna lay out tomorrow, (that counts as bedrest, no?) hmmmm, bikini and scarf shots…NO.

  4. Joanna says:

    why have a faithful loving husband when you can have a cheating dog and lots of money? yep, golddigger. hope she doesn’t get an std from him, if she hasn’t already.

  5. Jackie O says:

    so, he has been accused of rape, and she goes to events with her areola’s hanging out.

    what wonderful role models for their children.

  6. Paige says:

    SMH. So getting bought every time Kobe cheats is worth more than her self-respect? Great example for her two girls.

  7. mst says:

    I ain’t sayin she’s a gold digger
    But she ain’t messin’ with some broke um, individual , , ,

  8. JustBored says:

    Ohh, “I get to walk through the tunnel”. LMAO, she’s just so much better than everyone else huh? Wow!

    I’ll just say, she opened her mouth and removed all doubt.

  9. hoya_chick says:

    Are those her nipples in the last shot? Lol. Kobe deserves her and she deserves him. There was all this drama about him trying to get with an Aussie swimmer at Olympics and it seemed like a shady situation. I don’t feel bad for her when he cheats and humiliates her because she puts up with it and loves the money and power. Wonder if she’ll divorce him in a 2-3 years when he retires? The Lakers will not win another championship before he retires even with the new additions because of teams like the Thunder and the Heat. And why is she being applauded for taking care of her own children? It’s not like she does anything else and I’m sure she isn’t cleaning that mansion or doing laundry etc so she’s got the time. She sounds like a snob. Good for her that she doesn’t use Kobe’s money to buy Birkins now that everyone else has them. Who talks like that?! Wow.

  10. Samigirl says:

    I wouldn’t want a husband that cheats on me over and over again. Being Mrs. Baker may not bring me a lot of power or hand bags, but it does bring me happiness, plus 100% trust in our relationship. That’s worth more than any handbag, IMO.

  11. TheOriginalTiffany says:

    She’s been a rude obnoxious bitch hag from day one. I posted that delisted story on my FB. For my fellow laker fans this is something we know all too well. She cusses out female reporters after the game in front of her kids, is a diva and does horrid things to her staff.

    Kobe? He does what he gets paid to do very well, so I don’t give a crap about his personal life. If we hated every cheating sports star, there wouldn’t be enough dudes to fill a team. :(

    Off for horrible surgery now, please excuse my whacked outness later.
    And no personally I would not stand for being with a cheater, I am NOT condoning it.

  12. PrettyTarheel says:

    1) Is that areola in the bottom pic?
    2) Can you imagine being 17 and having Kobe Bryant after you-and not just as a piece of tail? How on earth do you stay grounded? You have to have parents that are hardcore to keep a reality check on the kind of ego that would come from that experience.

  13. NYC_girl says:

    I’m all for being a full-figured woman, but she looks like a cheap cow in those dresses. A bitchy cheap cow. I’ve been reading NY Mag for about 25 years; I’d really love to hope they ran that article as a joke.

  14. Cody says:

    After Kobe retires and he is just retired ex NBA star Kobe Bryant, they will split the money, the material things, mess up their kids and go their own way. He will be seen around town with a new young thing and she will have her castle.

  15. Birdie says:

    She never worked a day in her life. Kobe married her right out of high school. What a horrible woman she is, a classic gold-digger and she probably thinks that she deserves all that money because she is so above it all and so special. Yeah. stfu, stupid woman.

  16. Micah says:

    Superficial, vapid, passe…and disgusting.

  17. fabgrrl says:

    Wow, she doesn’t have a nanny…for a 6 and a 9 year old…who are likely in school most of the day. My God, she has to spend the early morning and late afternoon/evening with her girls! Feeding them meals prepared by someone else and putting them to bed in rooms cleaned by someone else! How does she do it?

  18. lw says:

    I don’t know much about Vanessa. But I think her quote about championships is a bit misleading. I interpret it as her saying that it is so difficult to live her day-to-day life without her husband that she wouldn’t want to do it if he wasn’t a winner. And I kinda agree. All that money doesn’t keep her warm at night or substitute for having a hands on father for her kids. From what I understand, these sports wives live as single parents 90% of the time. Cut the girl a break. She’s been with Kobe since she was 17. Imagine that for a minute.

    • Sally says:

      Lw, you are the voice of reason! Also, I think she seems to be the type of woman that encourages Kobe in his pursuit of championships and I would think an athlete would appreciate this kind of wife in his journey of being the best . Kobe has talent but encouragement from his wife goes a long way too. I thought laker fans would appreciate this but I guess people just hate her no matter what she says or does.

      Being married to Kobe Bryant is not a walk in the park! He is a dirty dog with an ego. Because of that and because she seems to be a total hands on mom I prefer to give her the benefit of the doubt.

    • Bubbling says:

      Agreed 100%, but I was to lazy to put it so eloquently!

  19. Viv says:

    Newsflash, Vanessa: those Birkins looked like crap on you. Now if we can just get the Kartrashians to stop carrying Hermes, those bags could look classy again in ca. 2027.

  20. Cam S says:

    Nouveax riche trash. What a classless woman. Maybe all her bravado she puts out there is because she is constantly cheated on?
    I’ll keep my dignity, thank you.

    • Elizabeth says:

      True enough about the nouveau’s. I remember a wealthy but low key client coming into the bank where I worked. She commented that the really rich people in Palm Beach worn faded jeans and drove Volvos. New money needs to make sure everybody knows about their $. Weird. And in Vanessa’s case, very tacky.

    • Dirtnap says:

      Cam, I was thinking the same. People who talk like this do so because they’re trying to convince themselves that they ARE special, they ARE worth something. My inner armchair therapist would make the observation that Kobe’s roving eye is the possible trigger for these grandiose statements about herself. That, or she’s just a skanked-out, social climbing, mutton-as-lamb Midas-f*cker. Either theory seem plausible to me.

  21. Jessica says:

    That dog in the picture is cuter than she is! (shivers)

  22. Hautie says:

    Ha! I said it months ago. She had no intentions of ever divorcing Kobe.

    Simply because she was not about to be the EX-Mrs. Kobe Bryant. This girl is not about to let some other gold digger move in on her cash cow.

    But I did notice she made the comment about Kobe… “When their dad’s over and he sprays deodorant, I ask him to go into another room.”

    So it looks like Kobe is not living with her and the daughters full time. That he is a “guest” in her home. So she is still going to be Mrs. Kobe and control all his cash. And he is not allowed in her house without an personal invite. :)

    Got to give her a big ass gold star. She manage to live the gold diggers dream. Getting all the cash… and not having to put out for it.

  23. teehee says:

    And men actually marry these type of women at all?? WTF!!

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    She’s been a money-hungry social-climbing trash-heap from jump. She saw a way not have to work, and she grabbed it (with some help from her fam, who basically told Kobe “she’s underage; you WILL marry her”) so as far as I’m concerned, she deserves whatever negative comes her way. ESPECIALLY after the whole rape scandal.

    NONE of the other Lakers’ wives like her, because she is a vile fake bitch who puts on airs like she’s some kind of queen.

    No matter how much money you throw at it or how you try to dress it up (ha!) trash is still trash.

  25. RHONYC says:

    faux. palm. springs. joan. collins. wannabe. :roll:

  26. lucy2 says:

    What a materialistic, superficial hag.

    I feel sorry for their daughters, they don’t have a good role model to look up to.

  27. Jordan says:

    So, at least she’s honest. This is a much more interesting read than someone like Jessica Biel, who tries to sell the delusion that she’s Ms. Independent and strong, makes her own decisions (except of course for what she wears, her hairstyle, when she’s allowed to be around him, etc.) I don’t think anyone had any question that it was the big rock that made the rape allegations go away in Vanessa’s head. She’s getting out of the marriage what she wants, it may not be our ideal, but at least she’s not delusionally trying to act like their relationship is perfectly normal.

  28. Jezi says:

    I don’t care for her either way but I kind of like that she doesn’t have a nanny and is hands on with her kids. If my husband was making enough where I could stay home with my son I would do it in a heartbeat. She’s vapid but idk, seems harmless.

  29. Eve says:

    Am I seeing this wrong or the two dresses she’s wearing in this photoshoot were worn by different actresses before?

    The red dress looks exactly like the one Reese Witherspoon wore at the Golden Globes this year. The black one (she’s posing by the pool) I can’t remember who wore it, but I’m certain I’ve seen it before.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/15/reese-witherspoon-golden-globes-2012-dress_n_1207976.html

    By the way, she seems to be a horrible person. They deserve each other — it’s a match made in hell.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      OMG, right on with the red dress Eve! I knew I had seen this one before. The black one reminds me of the one Kim K wore with the weird nude illusion lining everyone could see that was “part of the dress” earlier this summer i believe.

  30. sunmoonstars says:

    Haha those are the most try-hard pictures I’ve ever seen! Yes Vanessa, your life is so great because you can buy expensive crap and your cheater husband wins championships. We’re all VERY jealous, I’m sure.

    Oh and that pic of her in the dress with the dog at her feet….WTF is with those drapes? They are horrid and combined with the ceiling they make the place look like a funhouse. Trash trying to be classy I guess.

  31. babythastarsshinebrite says:

    I feel a little sorry for women who used to be beautiful but not so much after having plastic surgery to make them look more beautiful. I wonder if they recognize the irony.

  32. Chicagogurl17 says:

    And the winner of this years VAPID FAMEWHORE AWARD goes to…….

  33. Mar says:

    Wow- she is so ugly inside!!!!

    Not to mention she dresses beyond tacky and sounds like the most superficial teat ever.

    Kobe- what the hell were you thinking marrying this horrible girl????

  34. Lindy says:

    Wow, what an empty-headed, superficial, ugly-souled human being.

  35. Eleonor says:

    I don’t know who is this tramp . I feel sorry for that poor dog.

  36. JuJuBee says:

    Ugh this one is far uglier on the inside than on the outside. It may sound like a dream to marry a man who can provide that kind of material life, but man does Vanessa pay the piper dearly. This woman has no substance and lives a shallow and meaningless existence. Superficial is all she knows. So incredibly sad.

  37. Chordy says:

    Oh, so this is why Kobe’s lifestyle doesn’t bother her. She’s a sociopath.

  38. TG says:

    Are we sure this is is not Kim Kartrashian’s twin? If there there were two people alive who do not understand that money does not equal class it would be these two clowns. I mean she goes on to talk about how common a Birkin bag is yet she has a dog named Gucci. How generic do you have to be to name your dog after a designer. I won’t even discuss the craptakular clothes they are wearing. I say they because Kim and Vanessa are one and the same.

    • idk says:

      They both seem shallow and all about the “money”…but Kim K. chases fame and Vanessa doesn’t. Vanessa was offered the chance to be in a reality show, but she turned it down. In fact, I think this is the first article/interview she’s done. She’s not out for the limelight like Kim K. is, but both of them are obsessed with money it seems and both seem not to have a clue about the real world…though Vanessa did not grow up right like Kim, she married at 19 and has been rich every since. She could leave Kobe today and get half of everything plus child support. Yet she chooses to stay, maybe for the sake of her kids (which I don’t agree with because they are now old enough to go on-line and google their dad’s name !).

  39. Minty says:

    I agree, CB. She just confirmed what many of us have long suspected. This interview is basically Vanessa patting herself on the back for being a successful gold digger. No sensible person would talk about handbags like that. She equates being a cheated on basketball wife with fame? LMAO at this pretentious twit. She’s as deep as a puddle of crocodile tears. Kobe deserves her. The only ones who merit any sympathy are their children and that little dog.

    “I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships.”

    Real meaning: Championships equal more money from my husband. More money means I can maintain my lavish and superficial lifestyle, which is all I’m about since I’ve never earned anything from honest work.

    As much as I dislike the Kardashians, at least Khloe actually supported herself before she married Lamar.

  40. The Original Mia says:

    Sigh…she is such an unapologetic gold digger. She & Kobe deserve each other. Please stay together to keep your mutual bouts of narcissism away from the unsuspecting public.

  41. SleepyJane says:

    I’m sorry, but I love how sensational this beyotch is. It cracks me up. This is what I call entertainment.

  42. Masque says:

    If GOOP were a cheap, trashy baller wife, she’d be Vanessa Bryant. Different look but same snooty attitude.

  43. skilo says:

    She and Kobe deserve each other they are both awful people.

  44. CF98 says:

    Kobe doesn’t bother me I mean he’s one of my favorite players and I don’t have any illusions about him being a saint. And no I don’t think he raped that chick in Colorado her story was suspect to say the least. However he did work hard for his success despite his flaws so I respect him in that regard?

    This chick? Well she reinforces every negative thing ever said about her.

    Besides I rather see Kobe hook up with Pau they’d make a better couple than Kobe/Vanessa anyways. Maybe when gay marriage is legal they can be together

    :P

    • Kimble says:

      and Kobe paid the woman off because? He wasn’t found innocent or not guilty because he PAID for the case to go away … no complainant no conviction!

      Just because he doesn’t have the record of a rapist doesn’t mean he’s not … He’s a piece of trash!

      • CF98 says:

        I read the court documents she kept changing her story if I thought he was guilty then lock him up and throw away the key but don’t you find it odd that there were no other instances of him doing this again? There’s usually a pattern of this sort of thing. Plus its more cost effective to settle a case than to take it to court. In the end the damage was done people will think what they want he can’t change it. I mean if you were raped why would you accept $$$ why not put him in jail? She didn’t even take it to a criminal court.

  45. Aubra says:

    My issue with Vanessa is she is more MISS than hit with the fashion. But it’s better than the chula-fied style she used to have with the frosty huuurrr and ginsu knives for nails!

  46. Mario says:

    She’s just another stupid spoiled wh-re. Move over Paris Hilton you’ve got skanky competition.

  47. queen says:

    Dammit, I was just about to go out with my areola showing but she beat me to it!!

  48. GreenTurtle says:

    Ugh, quit posing like you’re a socialite in Town and Country, Vanessa. Get over yourself and stop torturing your girls in dresses that don’t fit. Honestly, I feel bad for this girl. Another rich WAG trying to stay beautiful for the sake of appearances while being married to a cheater.

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