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Kobe Bryant and Vanessa have sparked talks of a reconciliation after they were spotted locking lips during the Lakers' Valentine's Day victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
As the Christian Post previously reported Vanessa had filed divorce papers in December after 10 years of marriage citing "irreconcilable differences," but the power couple are said to be working toward a reconciliation, according to TMZ.
Although the 29-year-old mother of two has already been awarded half of Bryant's estimated $150 million estate, under California law the divorce is not final until mid-June, which provides them over four months to repair their marriage.
The motive behind their reconciliation has not yet been revealed, although sources suspect that their two daughters Natalia Diamante Bryant, 9, and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, 5, are likely the reason that Vanessa is expected to withdraw divorce papers.
A reconciliation between the couple could finally put an end to claims that Vanessa strategically waited for her troubled marriage to reach its 10 year mark for financial gain.
Since the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement, Vanessa would automatically be entitled to 50 percent of Bryant's assets which her former step father insists that she did.
"Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark (before divorcing])," Vanessa's former step-father Stephen Laine recently told TMZ.
"In California ... it's considered a long-term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries ... just like her mother is doing to me," he added.
While Vanessa has never responded to Laine's accusations, critics question whether she simply grew tired of Bryant's alleged infidelities which were reportedly on-going throughout their marriage.
In December Radar Online linked Bryant to 27-year-old Kim Kardashian pal, Carla DiBello, and suggested that the pair had engaged in an extramarital affair after years of a platonic friendship, although this was never confirmed.
Vanessa famously stood by Bryant's side after his 2003 Colorado sexual assault case, which was settled out of court.
Although Vanessa and Bryant appear to be back together, it is believed that they are still living separately at this time.