One of the many things I love about being a regular, non-famous non-celebrity-type person is the secure knowledge that the world at large doesn’t give a rodent’s rear end about my life in general or my divorce in particular.
No one, except me and mine, cares a whit.
But Kobe and Vanessa Bryant? Their divorce–and now their non-divorce–is big news. Vanessa announced last week via Instagram and Facebook that they have reconciled.
It is, I think, a sad day that a couple not going through with divorce is a big news. But of course their private lives have been big news for a very long time.
In the divorce, for example, would Vanessa, have gotten to keep the $4 Million “apology ring” Kobe bought for her after he was charged with rape in 2003? Perhaps not. “It may not be a true gift,” said family law attorney Christopher C. Melcher in the Los Angeles Times. “In California something so expensive doesn’t qualify as a gift unless there’s a signed document that it was, in fact, a gift.” If not, it would be considered community within the marriage. And she would get half its value in the divorce.
But have they “really” reconciled? Or is it about the fame—her wanting to remain Mrs. Kobe Bryant—or the money—him wanting to avoid the hugely expensive cost of divorce?
Forbes estimates that Kobe’s income is in the range of $53.2 million dollars. According to a BET story, quoting California attorney Andre L. Botros, if they had joint custody of their two daughters he could be liable for on the order of $365,000 per month in child support, and perhaps around a million dollars a month in spousal support. Plus half of total property—houses, planes, yachts, etc.–accumulated since April 18, 2001. Wow.
So are they together for love? Or for money?
Do the parties themselves even know for sure?