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Kobe Bryant lights up Instagram with wedding anniversary post

Kobe Bryant has posted an anniversary message to his wife Vanessa on Instagram to mark 17 years of marriage.

Bryant, 39, who won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Vanessa married in 2001.

Happy Anniversary my baby @vanessabryant #17 #amoremia

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Their marriage survived Bryant’s admitted adultery in 2003. Bryant was arrested and accused of sexual assault, but in 2004 the criminal charges were dropped and he settled a civil lawsuit.

Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011, before announcing on Instagram in January 2013 that she had called off those proceedings.

It is not the first time Bryant has used the social media platform to wish his wife a happy anniversary. Here’s his post from 2017.

Happy Anniversary mamacita! Ti amo con tutto il mio cuore #16 #queenmamba

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And one from 2016.

The couple have two daughters, Natalia Diamante who was born in 2003, and Gianna Maria, born in 2006.

Bryant retired from NBA action in April 2016.

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