Kobe Bryant's divorce canceled

Updated: January 12, 2013, 12:07 AM ET
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Barry King/Getty ImagesKobe Bryant, who married wife, Vanessa, in 2001, said Friday that the couple "is moving on with our lives together as a family."

Kobe Bryant and his wife have canceled their divorce plans.

Vanessa Bryant announced the couple's decision via the social network Instagram, stating that she and the Los Angeles Lakers' star are back together.

"We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled," Vanessa Bryant's Instagram post said. "Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together. Kobe & Vanessa."

Kobe Bryant confirmed on his Facebook page that he and his wife have reunited.

"I am happy to say that Vanessa and I are moving on with our lives together as a family. When the show ends and the music stops, the journey is made beautiful by having that someone to share it with. Thank you all for your support and prayers! Much luv, Mamba out," the Facebook post said.

Vanessa Bryant, who stood by her husband when he was charged with sexual assault in 2003, filed for divorce just under 13 months ago, citing irreconcilable differences after a decade of marriage.

But the Bryants evidently have mended their relationship, as Vanessa has been a frequent presence at Lakers games this season.

The Bryants also have continued their charitable work together through the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. They did a walk to support fundraising for the homeless in Los Angeles in October and are hosting a dinner with the Clinton Foundation on Monday.

Records obtained 12 months ago showed that Vanessa Bryant would have kept the couple's three California homes as part of the divorce plans. But she recently sold one of the Newport Coast homes -- the one purchased a month after Kobe was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Colorado woman.

A year later, prosecutors dropped the criminal charge against Kobe Bryant because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.

Kobe Bryant met his future wife in 1999 on a music video shoot when Vanessa Laine was 18 years old. Six months later, she and the then-21-year-old Bryant became engaged. They married on April 18, 2001, and have two daughters -- Natalia, who turns 10 on Jan. 19, and Gianna, 6.

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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