For years, Vanessa Bryant managed to keep a low profile … up until her mom, Sophia Laine, and stepdad, Stephen Laine, filed for divorce in 2003. At the time, Vanessa was just getting settled into her life as Mrs. Bryant, and dealing with her parents’ legal issue likely put a damper on things.
So, what did Vanessa have to do with the dissolution of their marriage? Her mom, who the New York Post described as a “10th grade drop-out,” was seeking spousal support from Stephen, since Kobe and Vanessa had reportedly stopped giving her financial support. Throughout the years, Vanessa and her husband had showered Sophia with gifts, including “a $120,000 retirement nest egg, a $90,000 Mercedes Benz, and $50,000 in furniture.”
TMZ reported the generosity went way further than that though. Vanessa and Kobe reportedly allowed Sophia to live in a “$3.2 million house.” When the pad was put on the market and sold, they moved her into “another multi-million dollar mansion nearby.”