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Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have had their ups and downs – they’re back on after she filed for divorce last year – but things started out sweet. In November 1999, the 21-year-old Lakers star was at a recording studio laying down a track on a never-released hip-hop album and met Vanessa, who was 17 and working as a backup dancer in a music video. Although Vanessa was still a senior in high school, they started dating right away and became engaged just six months later. However, that was the end of her in-school high school career. Vanessa received so much attention from classmates about her relationship with the NBA star, she left school and completed her studies independently. Kobe and Vanessa later tied the knot in April 2001 – but with a few key people missing. Kobe’s parents refused to attend the wedding; they were reportedly opposed to the marriage because they felt their son was too young.

Celebrities Who Dared to Date Teenagers

As Taylor Swift’s young boyfriend, Conor Kennedy, kicks off his junior year in high school, we look at other stars who have dared to date teenagers. -- By Suzy Byrne, omg! staff