Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant (Credits: Footwear News and Us Weekly)
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, has been in the public eye since her husband’s death in January 2020 in a helicopter crash. After over 18 years of marriage, Vanessa and Kobe were considered one of the most iconic and beloved couples in the sports world. With Kobe’s passing, the focus shifted to Vanessa and her children as they navigate life without him.
One question that has been on the minds of many is the mystery behind Vanessa’s dating life. After all, she was married to Kobe for close to two decades and the couple had four children together. However, information about Vanessa’s personal life is scarce, and she has been private about her relationships since her husband’s death.
Who is Vanessa Bryant dating right now?
In recent years, Vanessa has been publicly linked to a few personalities romantically. She was rumored to have been dating philanthropist and former longtime teammate of Kobe, Derek Fisher. They were spotted sitting together and talking at the WNBA All-Star game in 2021 which sparked a lot of rumors. However, Fisher is already married to Gloria Govan, which makes the whole dating angle nothing but empty talk.
Is this Derek Fisher in the suite with Vanessa Bryant and the kids during the WNBA All Star game tonight? 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/dRkda26OCS
Vanessa has also been linked to boxer Victor Ortiz. When the Bryants were considering separating in 2011, Victor was right in the middle of burning rumors about him and Vanessa dating. However, Ortiz himself labeled these rumors as false. He even went on to say that he had never been in the same room as Vanessa. After Kobe’s unfortunate demise, Victor reportedly paid his respects, but that was pretty much it.
Despite rumors and speculation about her dating life, none have been confirmed by the Bryant family or Vanessa herself. The focus of Vanessa’s life has been on her three remaining daughters and keeping her husband’s legacy alive through various endeavors such as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
Despite the lack of information about her personal life, it is clear that Vanessa is still grieving the loss of her husband and her priority is on her family. The loss of Kobe was devastating, not only to Vanessa and their children but also to the entire basketball community and fans around the world. In the wake of his passing, Vanessa has been open about her struggles with grief and how she is coping with the loss of her husband.
In the months and years to come, Vanessa may choose to open up more about her personal life, including any potential romantic relationships. Until then, the focus remains on her children and preserving Kobe’s legacy. Whether she chooses to date or not is up to her, and the public should respect her privacy and the choices she makes in her life.
Rahul Sharma is an NBA Writer at Sportsmanor. You can find him talking about the Detroit Pistons, reading biographies or aggressively pressing the keys of his keyboard. He is also pursuing a bachelor's degree in Information Technology.