Kobe Bryant defends wife Vanessa over Twitter comment

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant in September.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Earlier this month, Vanessa Bryant announced on Instagram that she and Kobe Bryant were officially back together, saying their “divorce action will be dismissed.”

The Bryants’ relationship may be all good now, but the couple is still irked by a rap line that was released during their estrangement.

After Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011, rapper Drake said in the song “Stay Schemin’ ” that Vanessa didn’t deserve a large sum of Bryant’s fortune because " wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym.”


That line became an instant hit and has often been repeated by Bryant’s fans.

On Monday morning, after Bryant tweeted about he and his wife drinking some coffee and tea, a fan replied saying, “but..... #SheWasntWithYouShootingInTheGym

Bryant immediately defended his wife.

“no, she wasn’t. She was busy raising our kids #nonanny #respectmothers,” Bryant posted to his Twitter account.

The Bryants have been married since 2000 and have two young daughters together.

Vanessa Bryant has long been annoyed by that rap line. Earlier this month she posted to Instagram her thoughts on the song.

“I love when immature kids quote a rapper that has never been friends with Kobe and knows nothing about our relationship. Just shows how gullible they are. I don’t need to be in the gym. I’m raising our daughters, signing checks and taking care of everything else that pertains to our home life.

“I really wish people would stop THINK and then realize that they are being sucked into someone’s clear intention to monetize and gain attention off of our family’s heartache. This is real life. I hold down our home life so my husband can focus on his career. It’s a partnership.

“Since my husband isn’t friends with Drake, we received a text of an apology forwarded from his manager. It’s done and over with and it’s now time for people to THINK before speaking.”


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