Surprise! Sandra Bullock Adopts Second Child, ‘She Has Fallen Madly in Love with Bruno Mars’
The more the merrier!
Sandra Bullock revealed in this week’s issue of People magazine that she has adopted a 3 1/2-year-old girl named Laila (pronounced ‘Lila’) from Louisiana who has been living in foster care. “When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” says the actress. “I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.”
“My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That’s a family.”
Laila joins Bullock’s family as a little sister to her 5-year-old Louis, who was also adopted in 2010. She tells People that he “spearheaded this whole journey” and has been a huge help in transitioning Laila into their family, allegedly grabbing her hand and dragging her into his playroom from the first moment they met. “I knew she was scared,” says Bullock. “And all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere.”
The Academy Award-winning actress reveals that Laila has a huge crush on Bruno Mars. “The only way to get her to go to sleep is to show her photos of Bruno and tell her he called and wants to know if she’s going to bed,” she shares.
Bullock denied that she had adopted a new child at a press conference in October for Our Brand Is Crisis, stating to the media, “There’s only one adopted child in my household, and his name is Louis. If I had a second adopted child, everyone would be hearing about it. I would be loud and clear and say, ‘Yes, I have officially adopted a second child.’” She explains to People that they kept the adoption process under wraps in the event that Child Protective Services did not feel that Laila was a suitable match with their family.
“It felt very much like witness protection,” says Bullock, revealing that a paparazzo snapped a photo of her with Laila before the adoption was finalized. “The next day, I learned that a photo of her was being shopped around for sale to every outlet around the world. I had promised and legally agreed to protect her from something like this, and here I was chasing down lawyers—having them begging them to keep her safe—and tabloid outlets were claiming so many things that were inaccurate. All this just for money.”
“I had to make sure CPS [Child Protective Services] knew what was fact and fiction.”
Pick up the next issue of People, on newsstands Friday (Dec. 4, 2015), to learn more about the new addition to Bullock’s household and to see their first family photos, shot by photographer Bryan Randall, whom Bullock has been dating.