Meet Sandra Bullock's Adopted Son Louis She Calls Her '78-Year-Old Son'
Sandra Bullock is a Hollywood icon. From Miss Congeniality and The Blind Slide to the more recent Bird Box, her career is booming and shows no signs of stopping. But her personal life has seen a few hiccups along the way. Let's take a closer look at her tumultuous love life and family drama...
SANDRA BULLOCK'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Sandra Annette Bullock is a name very few won't recognize. The Washington native has made it big time but her story hasn't always been easy. The daughter of a German opera singer, Sandra was exposed to the language and singing from a young age.
Her formative years were spent on the road, traveling through Germany and America. She picked up vocal skills early on and this talent would lead her to find the eventual love of her life, acting. The star chose New York to follow her dreams of a life on the screen.
SANDRA BAGGED A BIG AWARD AND A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD...
After a few attempts in theatre, Sandra decided to try the film industry instead and we're glad she did! One of her early breakout roles was Speed. The movie's fame resulted in a sequel and an array of other big roles. Her success hit a definite peak in 2009...
This was when she took home a coveted Oscar for her role in The Blind Side. Since then she hasn't looked back, with amazing performances in Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, and Bird Box, this star has proven she can take on almost any role! Her skills have banked her almost $60 million dollars, a Guinness World Record!
HER SECRET TO SUCCESS
But how does she do it? Well, the actress has shared some of her thoughts on success and how she's kept herself on the top of her game after all these years. These were her words:
"I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It's what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it."
WHY SHE SPLIT FROM JESSE JAMES
One area Sandra hasn't been able to keep solely successful is her personal life. Many fans may know about the star's very public divorce from former husband, Jesse James but there is always more than meets the eye. Let's take a look back on the couple's good old days.
The two first crossed paths when Sandra's godson wanted to meet the TV personality, Jesse James. It was his tenth birthday and the actress arranged for a meeting. They hit it off and after more or less two years of seeing each other, they tied the knot in 2005.
What then went wrong a mere five years later? Well, their separation was covered by various media outlets because Jesse had confessed to being unfaithful. This was his comment:
“There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
JESSE'S LIFE AFTER SANDRA
After they parted way, Sandra went on with her life and so did Jesse. In fact, the former husband of Sandra Bullock started towards a better life, focused on his relationship with his kids (from his marriage before Sandra). Jesse even went on to write a memoir called American Outlaw.
In the book about his journey thus far, he touches on living life with a megastar like Sandra:
"I thought of our relationship as small. I didn’t see her as “Sandra Bullock,” she was just Sandy. I knew that was a huge part of her life, but that’s not why I wanted to be with her. I’m sure subconsciously some part of my ego thought that would be cool, but when I thought about her, I thought about the desire to be normal. I think I’ve always longed for a family and the normalcy that I’ve never experienced."
Whether the Jesse and Sandra duo failed because of her fame or his infidelity is a hot debate. Either way, both of them have gone on to lead better lives since the drama. Sandra remained single for a while after her divorce but these days she's been flaunting new arm candy...
THERE'S A NEW MAN IN SANDRA'S LIFE
Bryan Randall and his beau Sandra are one of the hottest couples in Hollywood. Some of their friends are even said to have hinted at the two being married. While there has been no confirmation, we won't be surprised if it's true. Bryan always sports a wedding band on that very special finger...
This was a comment given to Closer by an insider:
“Sandra and Bryan should just get married already. That’s if they haven’t already. Friends of the couple say Bryan won’t take off his wedding band because in his eyes he’s committed to the woman he loves. And he sees himself as married to Sandra.”
They continued with this sweet comment:
"Some friends swear that Sandra and Bryan have already secretly wed, with just them and the kids present. That’s the rumor anyway and Bryan doesn’t do anything to try and dispel it. Sandra is happy, Bryan is her man, and she and the kids adore him. That’s all that matters to her.”
WHY SHE KEEPS HER KIDS PRIVATE
Sandra Bullock doesn't have a particular liking for the media. After everything she's been through with her previous divorce, we can't blame her. Another aspect she keeps on the down-low is her kids. She has two adopted kids, Laila and Louis, who she regards as her whole world.
The star has opened up a little about her children and the struggles she been through with paparazzi. She explained her reasons for not wanting to go public with the adoption of one of her kids. She shared what happened when they were forced to leave the house for an emergency:
"I had to figure out how to hide the kids’ faces because there was a bounty on our heads. When you adopt a child, there’s a placement period, and if something goes sideways, they have the right to take the child away. It’s a tenuous, strenuous six months.
"We had an allergy scare that sent us to the ER, and we were followed by the paparazzi, so the word was out that I had another child. And everyone wanted photos. It was heartbreaking. Louis would hear a helicopter or drone, and he’d run to get his sister and drag her across the lawn and hide her under the trampoline. So poor Laila had PTSD. But it took the bounty off once we did those official photos. Everything’s a learning experience."
THE FAMILY SHE NEVER IMAGINED HAVING
In 2010, while her separation from Jesse was still in process, the actress adopted her first baby, Louis Bardo Bullock. He was five years old and changed her whole world. She was now a single mother with a very busy career. But somehow she made it work!
In 2015 Sandra introduced her little girl, Laila, to the world. She explained how her family was not what she imaged it would be but that "it's better than [she] ever imagined." Even though she's been called the most beautiful woman in the world, she says being a mother is what makes her feel truly beautiful.
SHE'S CONFIDENT HER KIDS WERE MEANT TO BE IN HER LIFE
Deciding to adopt kids was something she didn't take lightly and deciding to adopt a second time was also not a decision that she made easily. She first explained a few things to her son before adopting a little sister. These were her words:
"I didn't want Louis to think for a second that I wanted or needed more than him, because I had everything I needed."
When Laila arrived in their lives, the actress knew it was meant to be. She shared a beautiful sentiment with HELLO:
"When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here. I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time."
WILL SANDRA ADOPT MORE KIDS
The star has been surprisingly open about her plans going forward family-wise. She even shared that she wasn't planning on expanding her family. But she was clear to point out that she'll "never say never." While she doesn't have plans for more kids in the pipeline, it is possible...
HER KIDS HAVE VERY DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES
When asked about the nature of her children, the actress gushed about her kiddos. She explained that her son and daughter are worlds apart when it comes to personality. In fact, the proud mother shared some specific traits in the interview. This was what she said about her son:
“Lou is supersensitive. I call him my 78-year-old son. He’s like Shecky Greene, a Jewish Catskills comic. He’s wise and kind. I saw that when they handed him to me. There was a spiritual bigness to him. I was like, “I hope I don’t [screw] that up.”
She went on to talk about her fighter girl, Laila. She shared the following sweet sentiment:
“She’s a fighter, and that’s the reason she’s here today. She fought to keep her spirit intact. Oh my [gosh], what she is going to accomplish. She’s going to bring some real change.”
We wish Sandra and her little family the best going forward! What did you think about some of her sentiments on her exes and raising a family in the limelight? Share your thoughts and stay tuned for more!