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Sandra Bullock shares emotional account of protecting son Louis during scandalous divorce from Jesse James

The Lost City actress is now a mom-of-two and happily partnered

Sandra Bullock spotted in New York
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
5 April 2023
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Sandra Bullock is a devoted mom to her kids Louis, 13, and Laila, 11, with her partner Bryan Randall, to the point that she made a conscious decision to step away from acting to be with them.

The actress has made it known that she prefers to keep her children and private life out of the spotlight, although it sometimes has not gone to plan.

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In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning back in January, Sandra discussed the implications of having an infant son during one of the most turbulent moments of her personal life, that being her messy divorce from ex-husband Jesse James.

After several allegations of affairs came to light, the Monster Garage host and Sandra filed for divorce in 2010, mere weeks after her win for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance in The Blind Side.

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At the time, the star was caring for her newly adopted son Louis, and while the divorce proved to be tough, protecting her son from it was tougher.

"So much had happened," she told Tracy Smith. "How do you process grief and not hurt your child in the process? 

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James after the 2010 Oscars© Getty Images
Sandra and Jesse divorced weeks after her Oscars triumph in 2010

"It's a newborn, they take on everything you're feeling. So my obligation was to him and not tainting the first year of his life with my grief."

The 58-year-old stated that she was much happier with where her life is now, saying that on a scale of 1-10, she'd rate it a "9.2. Because the other shoe will drop."

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In 2022, the Oscar-winner announced her intention to semi-retire from acting to spend more time with her family and raise her children.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that June, she stated: "Work has always been steady for me, and I've been so lucky," she said. "I realized it possibly was becoming my crutch. It was like opening up a fridge all the time and looking for something that was never in the fridge.

Sandra Bullock with partner Bryan Randall© Getty Images
Sandra and Bryan have been together since 2015

"I said to myself, 'Stop looking for it here because it doesn't exist here. You already have it; establish it, find it and be OK not having work to validate you.'"

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