Sandra Bullock, in an interview on CBS‘ “Sunday Morning,” recently opened up on how hard it was to raise her son, especially in the first year after the split with her ex-husband.
Bullock, who had been married to Jesse James since 2005, filed for divorce five years later after multiple women came forward to allege her husband of dating them.
At the time, Bullock had just bagged her first Academy Award for 2009’s “Blind Side” and had adopted a child. However, all these were overshadowed by the divorce fiasco.
As she spoke to CBS ahead of her movie, “The Lost City,” Bullock expressed how she felt the divorce might affect her son.
“I mean, so much had happened,” the actress began. “How do you process grief and not hurt your child in the process? It’s a newborn. They take on everything that you’re feeling. So, my obligation was to him and not tainting the first year of his life with my grief.”
Sandra Bullock Is Presently Dating Bryan Randall
Following her dirty split from Jesse, Bullock has been in a long-term relationship with photographer Bryan Randall. She also adopted a second child in 2015.
The pair met after hiring him to take shots for her son’s fifth birthday. In December 2021, the actress opened up on her love life during an episode of the “Red Table Talk.”
“I found the love of my life. We share two beautiful children — three children, his older daughter. It’s the best thing ever,” she said.
She also added that he was a saint and a good role model.
“I don’t always agree with him and he doesn’t always agree with me,” she continued. “But if they can take away from that and that is where they feel drawn to, he’s the exact right parent to be in this position.”
Bullock Fears For Her Children’s Safety
In the same interview, she spoke about the hurdles of being a woman with two black children. According to her, there’s a high likelihood that her children would face racial discrimination simply because they are Black.
“I have a level of defense that millions of mothers have that aren’t white,” the “Ocean’s Eight” actress said. “I have an understanding of how scary it is, and I just get really emotional because I think of hundreds of years of women who’ve never been able to relax into motherhood. They’ve never been able to relax.”
She then added that she’d been schooling her son about racial discrimination. “I let him process it. He knows how the world works. He knows how cruel it is. He knows how unfair it is, and now Laila is knowing it.”
This, however, isn’t the first time she’d be worrying about this. In 2015, she told Glamour that she “thinks of their safety everyday.”
“You see how far we’ve come in civil rights—and where we’ve gotten back to now,” the actress said. “I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is.”
Bullock continued, “We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done. You look at women’s rights; it’s turning into a mad, mad world out there. But sometimes it needs to get really loud for people to say, ‘I can’t unsee this.’ If I could ride in a bubble with him for the rest of his life, I would. But I can’t.”
Bullock Sometimes Wishes She Had The Same Skin Color As Her Kids
During her appearance on the “Red Table Talk,” she talked to Willow Smith, Jada Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris about her life as a Caucasian mother.
“To say that I wish our skins matched, sometimes I do,” Bullock admitted. “Because then it would be easier on how people approach us. And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin and it being her babies, or a white woman with white babies.”
She added, “Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.”
Sandra Bullock Wants To Spend More Time With Her Family
Despite the rave over her new movie, “The Lost City,” Bullock is only committed to spending more time with her family. In a previous interview with Fox, she hinted that she’d be back on the big screen when her kids turn teenagers.
“I love stories that show the imperfection of love within families and communities,” she said. “I would love to continue doing that when I’m done being a mom. I’ll get back to it. I don’t know when. Probably when they’re teenagers, solidly 16- or 17-year-olds.”
She concluded, “I’m not doing anyone any favors, who’s investing in a project, if I’m saying, ‘I just want to be at home,'” she explained. “Because I was always running … to the next thing. I just want to be present and responsible for one thing.”