LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are ending their 10 1/2-year marriage, according to The Insider. Vanessa filed papers in Orange County Friday.

    "We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time," the couple told The Insider's Kevin Frazier.

The Bryants have already worked out the terms of their divorce with a mediator. They have two daughters -- Natalia, 8, and Giana, 5. The pair married in April 2001.

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