Sandra Bullock has earned herself the nickname of America’s Sweetheart. She “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” in high school is mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid actress in the world.
Sandra claims that she didn’t like to reveal personal details of her life. But fans peaks into her private affairs from time to time. As a humanitarian, she uses her fame to educate the world about adoption, racism, and other social issues.
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Adoption and Foster Care
Sandra claims that she focuses on her career to become a mother but she will when she gets older.
She learns about both of her foster children while staying in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where her mother Helga buried. She feels that her mother brought them to her and that it was some form of fate.
This confirms when her son Louis places in her arms when he is ten days old. She immediately knows he means for her. It was a magical moment but wouldn’t be the last time she’d experience something similar.
She fostered Laila before officially adopting her. The process takes 6-18 months, depending on your history, whether you’ve fostered the child in the past, and other factors. She forces herself to prove she is a capable parent. It means filling out piles of paperwork and coming up with the right answers to difficult, intimate questions. She exposes, including “what’s the worst kind of abuse” and “what are the worse kinds of drugs or alcohol?”.
There are several times she doubts her ability to overcome it, and she almost gives up halfway through the process. But now that she is through the process, she encourages those who are considering adoption to go through with it. She also hopes that her glowing experience with her daughter can shed light on what it’s like.
Sandra went through training on how to care for Laila in the best way possible. She is protective of her, even putting her bed in the closet so they can be close to each other.
Then she begins to notice when they spend time together that Laila’s range of triggers from her time in the foster care system. She is in 3 foster homes by the age of 2 and the lack of stability left a permanent mark.
Sandra says that Laila would hide wherever she could, in closets or bookshelves or wherever she felt safe. She also begins to hide food as a survival mechanism due to denying enough food in her previous foster homes.
It was difficult for Sandra not to take these behaviors personally or as a reflection of her parenting. Her partner Bryan reassures her that it isn’t her fault and reminds her that she cradles the fearful child. And reassures her that her new parents aren’t going anywhere. That approach ultimately worked, but it took time. Eventually, Laila felt comfortable enough to sleep on her own.
Sandra knows that her daughter’s triggers may present themselves for the rest of her life. Jokingly says she’ll follow her wherever she goes, even to college.
Sandra admits that there have been times when she wishes that she had the same skin color as her children. She loves them and wouldn’t change anything about them, but it would help the family avoid judgmental glances and rude comments.
Sandra doesn’t claim that her experience is any different than other mothers. They all want to protect their children, and race doesn’t change their bond.
She knew that she’d have to teach her children about race, and one of the earliest opportunities came when her son was six years old. He was wearing a hoodie to go out, and she asked him what it looked like he was doing with the hoodie. He admitted that it looked like he was hiding. She reminded him he had nothing to hide and said he didn’t need to wear it.
Sandra makes her home as safe as possible but determines to let her children know that the outside world will react to them differently because of their skin color. She wants them to realize anyone they see walking down the street can be scared by or act cruelly towards them.
Sandra’s been educating Louis and Laila on these types of topics since he was six years old, letting him watch TV as a window into the cruelty of the outside world. She feels it’s more important to educate her children than worry about scaring them and recommends doing so as early as possible. She’s angry and afraid that she lives in a world where racism, homophobia, and sexism are a problem but would rather teach her children to be aware of and safe in it.
She revealed these comments in a public interview that received positive reactions. There were several tweets about her honesty and empathy from fans and fellow parents.
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1 in 11 people diagnoses with PTSD in their lifetime. It’s a common experience that triggers anything from war to burglary.
Sandra’s home invades in 2014 by 39-year-old Joshua James Corbett. He had stalked her for days before he entered her home by jumping the fence.
Sandra went to the first place she could find once she realized that he’d entered her home and hid alone in the closet in her son’s bedroom. She was grateful that he wasn’t at home at the time, as he was having a rare stay at their nanny’s apartment.
Joshua is arrested in 2017. He pled guilty to a felony account of stalking and first-degree burglary with five years probation, a 10-year protective order against him, and mandatory mental health treatment. He committed suicide after a standoff at his home in 2018, but the event affected Sandra forever.
She slowly recognized the signs of PTSD from the incident. She would cry unexpectedly, look around in a panic, and even admitted that previously watching shows like 48 Hours and Dateline made her fears even worse.
Sandra didn’t want her struggles to affect her children, so she began EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. She scares to begin but says that it helps her and is the most healing.
Sandra Bullock met Bryan Randall when she hired him to photograph her son Louis’ birthday party in 2015. Today, she calls him her partner, a co-parent to her children, and the love of her life. They’ve taken on the struggles of raising two adopted children in Hollywood, but they have yet to solidify their bond through marriage.
Sandra claims that she’s skeptical of the concept of marrying and that she only wants to do it once. This skepticism may come from the difficulties of her previous relationships.
One of Sandra’s first serious relationships was with Tate Donovan, who she met filming Love Potion No. 9 in 1992. They are together for three years and engage before eventually ending their relationship.
This wasn’t Sandra’s last attempt at romance or even the most successful. She was also linked to Troy Aikman, Don Padilla, Matthew McConaughey, Bob Schnieder, and Ryan Gosling before taking another shot at marriage.
Her next attempt at matrimony was with Jesse James of West Coast Choppers. They met on the set of Monster Garage and were married from July 16, 2005, to June 28, 2010, until she discovered that he’d been having an affair with tattoo model Michelle McGee for 11 months.
A divorced Red Table Talk viewer asked her if she ever planned to get married again. She said that she does not – especially after going through the divorce process herself. She claims not to need a piece of paper to be a devoted partner or mother. Her piece of advice to the viewer was to search for a true partner instead of looking for a lover to sweep you off your feet.
Sandra also used the interview as an opportunity to address fan speculation that she ever dated her Speed co-star Keanu Reeves. She denied the claims but said that Bryan was patient with all the rumors and didn’t express any unhealthy jealousy.
Although she considers him a wonderful father, he wasn’t directly involved in her decision to become a parent. She’d already adopted Louis before they began dating, and Bryan simply took him on as a devoted stepfather. She also expressed her desire to adopt a second child when they hadn’t even been together that long.
Sandra said that Bryan was happy but scared when she told him about their daughter. She almost feels guilty that she changed his life so dramatically, taking him from a simple photographer to a father of 2, but she wouldn’t do anything differently. She calls him the example she’d want her children to have, even though they don’t agree on everything.
Sandra and Bryan aren’t completely opposed to the idea of marriage in the future, but for now, they’re focusing on each other and their children. They’re still devoted to one another and very much in love.
Sandra Bullock’s fame and fortune haven’t removed every obstacle from her life. She still struggles with the adoption process, protecting her children from racism, dealing with a traumatic break-in, and romantic relationships. The way she’s dealt with these issues and been willing to speak about them is what helps her maintain her status as one of the world’s favorite actresses.
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