In the midst of divorce from husband Jesse James, Sandra Bullock is welcoming a new man in her life—an adopted Black baby from New Orleans, the New York Post reported.
In the most recent issue of People magazine, Bullock revealed that she and James had officially filed for divorce and she had also completed the adoption process, now becoming the mother of 3-month-old Louis Bardo Bullock.
Bullock’s new baby was born into post-Katrina New Orleans, where Bullock and James had previously decided to adopt.
“We spent so much time in New Orleans after Katrina and one day it was just a feeling that came that instead of bringing another life into this world, that we wanted to reach out and find our child in New Orleans,” Bullock told People.
But while Bullock had attempted to keep the four-year adoption process private, the press had already honed in on her family’s new addition.
“People were waiting outside 24/7…we didn’t want this to be his life,” Bullock told People.
Rumors of James’ infidelity quickly swirled and when they proved to be true, the media attention quickly intensified.
“All I remember is thinking, ‘I need to get Louis out of here,’” she told People. “I did the only thing I could do and that was pack enough clothes to live on, get all of Louis’ things and get out of town.”
While Bullock and James are separated, she says that James is by no means out of her life.
“I really don’t know how our paths will intersect in the future, but the father that I have known Jesse to be with all the kids is one that I hope Louis can experience one day,” she told People.
Bullock is among the many Hollywood stars who have hopped on the growing trend of adopting Black children, like Tom Cruise, Stephen Spielberg, Angelina Jolie and Madonna.
ABCnews.com reported on the trend and spoke with Robert O’Connor, an African American who was adopted by a White family and now studies trans-racial adoptions at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.
“They will have to work out that racial identity before the public eye and that scrutiny could cause them greater difficulty,” O’Connor told ABCnews.com. “These children are seen as members of a larger community, whether their parents recognize it or not. Sometimes transracial adoptees feel guilty about doing so well versus the people they came from. I call it ‘survivors’ remorse.’ For children of celebrities, I think negotiating where they came from and connecting with people of origin will be a much wider gulf to traverse.”