First Lady gets touch-feely with Stephanie Rice's newest fan, Kobe Bryant
New couple alert: Stephanie Rice and Kobe Bryant? — Daily Telegraph Robert Pattinson had a boys' night out — Who Liberty Ross steps out. The one that had Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice in a tiny white bikini. Well that same Stephanie Rice is now being linked to Kobe Bryant. The Olympics have been great for Kobe Bryant. He has been far and away the most visible of the USA Basketball off the court while.
Speaking exclusively to News Limited after the game, she said of Bryant's performance: Asked where she would be heading afterwards, Rice said: The basketballer and swimmer were photographed sitting together in the stands as Anna Meares won her sprint gold yesterday morning. Cambage, who has attracted headlines in London herself after becoming the first woman to pull off a slam dunk at the Olympics, took to Twitter to voice her disapproval of the Steph-Kobe show.
The estranged couple were seen with their children at the Aquatic Centre on the final night of the Olympic swimming meeting. Rice was not competing. Kobe Bryant chats with Steph RiceSource: The Courier-Mail Having first met Bryant at a party in Beijing four years ago, Rice renewed acquaintances when they bumped into each other at a pre-games camp in Manchester. Rice gave him two signed swimming caps for his daughter, who is apparently a big fan, and Bryant returned the gesture with a signed pair of his basketball shoes.
If Rice and Bryant are indeed more than "just friends", it wouldn't be the first time the Aussie swimmer has been romantically involved with a high-profile US athlete. Rice was the talk of the athletes village in Beijing in after being spotted locking lips with none other than the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.
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Vanessa couldn't stop laughing and smiling as her NBA star husband playfully tickled her underarm, and at one point Vanessa was even seen dancing in her seat at the packed Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. Kobe's NBA team visited the Australian swimming team and they are both staying at the same Manchester hotel The former dancer originally filed for divorce from Kobe in December after he reportedly cheated on her multiple times with other women over the course of their marriage and, despite him handing her over a large settlement that included the deeds to their three mansions, the pair never finalised it.
The couple's relationship has been somewhat of a rollercoaster, which was monumentally rocked when Kobe was arrested in for sexual assault on a year-old employee of a Colorado hotel.
While the case was eventually dropped, the philandering basketball star did admit to a sexual encounter with his accuser.
Australian basketballer Elizabeth Cambage has also called the pair out in a series of tweets Controversial: Rice has come under fire several times in the past for her risque behaviour Kobe married Vanessa in at Dana Point, California, when he was 21 and she was 18, despite his family, agent, and teammates opposing the union.
According to Vanessa's cousin Laila Laine, there was no prenuptial agreement since Vanessa said Bryant 'loved her too much for one' Meanwhile Rice has regularly made headlines in the past for her risque behavior. Earlier this year she was criticised for posing in a bikini deemed 'too revealing'.
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The gold medalist posted a picture of herself in a two-piece designer swimsuit on Twitter. The bikini - known as the 'tomb raider' - had been given to her as a birthday present from the designer Ellie Gonsalves.
Last week Kobe and his wife Vanessa Williams looked like they were having a very fun time watching the final Olympic swimming match with their six-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Having a ball: The year-old brunette beauty couldn't stop laughing and smiling at the game On and off: The former dancer originally filed for divorce from Kobe in December after he reportedly cheated on her multiple times But critics blasted for the sports star for showing off in the costume which some claimed was 'too sexy'.
There were also claims that by posing in the swimsuit she could have breached a sponsorship contract with Speedo. However, her management denied that she had broken any rules. Many of the them were supporting the swimmer.
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Radio presenter Ryan Fitzgerald contacted the makers of the bikini and was sent one to wear. He put the picture online of him and friend Michael Wipfli wearing the swimsuit. The outfit's designer Ellie Gonsalves also posted a picture of herself in the costume to show support for her athlete friend.