People: Sandra Bullock confirms adoption of three year-old daughter, Laila

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When Sandra Bullock was promoting her film, Our Brand is Crisis, she was asked about the rumors that she had adopted a daughter. Those stories were based on paparazzi sightings of Sandra, with US Magazine reporting that “she was photographed carrying a baby girl into an LA hospital” on September 27th. So they weren’t entirely unfounded reports, only Sandra denied them. About a month later, she told BET that she hadn’t adopted a second child. “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.’ Now, Louis will be it.

Do you notice how carefully she worded that denial? She said “there’s only one adopted child in my household.” In the new issue of People, Sandra admits that she did adopt a girl, a three and half year-old daughter named Laila, but reveals why she had to keep Laila’s adoption a secret – Laila was a child in foster care and the adoption process would have been jeopardized if the news got out before it become official. She had signed a “confidentiality agreement stating that you will not release any photos of the child to a third party to protect their identity” and she was still being evaluated by CPS as a potential adoptive parent. Tabloids were threatening to publish the photos, which could potentially send Laila back into the foster care system. In order to shut it down and ensure that the adoption went through, Sandra had to get lawyers involved and have the publications threatened.

In People, Sandra, 51, explains that she started the adoption process about three years ago when her son, Louis, now five, asked for a sibling. Now that Laila is in their lives Sandra says “there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here.” She also has a lot of touching things to say about helping Laila adjust to her new family after the little girl had bounced around in foster care. I have to admit I did get teared up a few times while reading the full article. Here are some highlights. The full article is very long and detailed, I’m surprised at how much Sandra opened up, and it’s worth picking up the print edition for.

On helping Laila adjust to her new life and family
I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere. Something I learned in Louis’s preschool was the saying “Mamas always come back.” and this was what I kept saying to her. It requires sleeping on the floor next to her bed and holding her hand so she can go to sleep; it requires being A-OK with a little being attached to your body at all times during the day. Saying “I’ll be right back” or “I’m taking Louis to school” wasn’t enough. I had to walk her through all the steps of where I am going to assure her I wasn’t leaving her. That’s what you do.

On making Laila feel comfortable and safe
With an older child they are experiences that they have already had that molded their personality: some good and many that are heartbreakingly sad. As a parent of a child who has experienced this, you have to be prepared to psychologically educate yourself to the steps you will need to take in order to repair any damage that may have taken place before your arrival.

On having to hide Laila before the adoption went through
We had a scary emergency-room run, and unbeknownst to me, a photographer had followed us and taken a photo of us in line… 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 everyone to keep her safe… thankfully we were able to get to all the periodicals and prevent the publication of the photos.

Her kids know to go inside if they hear helicopters or a drone
She now knows that when we hear a helicopter or a drone, it’s time to run inside. Usually Louis grabs her and carries her under the trampoline.

On saying she hadn’t adopted another child
Thank God it was asked the way that it was, because she wasn’t adopted at the time. So all I said was that there was only one adopted child in my home…

[From People Magazine, print edition and online, headers added]

Sandra was asked if she’s ever considered marrying again, and she didn’t talk specifically about her boyfriend, photographer Bryan Randal, but she did say that she wants to be in a committed relationship with “lots of love and laughter.” (It’s clear that Bryan is still in her life because he’s credited with the photos for the article.) Sandra also revealed that Laila is a jokester and that she absolutely loves Bruno Mars and knows all the words to his “appropriate” videos.

I came into this story skeptical that Sandra wasn’t open with the press about the fact that she had adopted a second child, but I fully understand why she fudged a little when so much was at stake. I also have a lot of respect for her for adopting a daughter from the foster care system and being so committed to helping her adjust. It’s a sweet story and Laila will surely live a charmed life with her protective big brother and famous mom.

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  1. Shambles says:

    Laila and Louis. They should have their own kid’s show. :)

    I have no doubt that they will grow to be happy, intelligent, well adjusted kids with such a thoughtful and strong mama. Go Sandy and the baybehz!

    • JudyK says:

      Agree. Lucky kids, adorable family.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Totally agree.

    • ririrooooo says:

      With Sandra as a mom and because of her money, access to the best doctors, Laila has the best chance of outrunning her tough beginnings. Wish this were the case for all children! Sandra has proven time and again that she’s more than a Hollywood celebrity. She’s just AWESOME and a role model for a decent, funny, intelligent human being.

  2. Tiffany27 says:

    Congratulations to her and her family!

  3. Alex says:

    Sandra is a mensch. Wishing her and her family all the happiness in the world.

    • Pinky says:

      I love the little buns in Laila’s hair. So cute!

      Maybe Sandy can bring awareness to natural haircare products for POC.

      • Amanduh says:

        Or bring awareness to the fact that there are a lot of kids in foster care that need adoption…

      • Gwen says:

        @Amanduh, THIS 1000%, they are valuable Human beings like we all, not trash….
        I hate, that Kids have to experience Foster “Care”, almost 90% are gruesome, it’s about Money and the Image, for most of the Foster-Parents….
        Every Child should be loved.
        Sadly that’s far away from reality, even for some biological children…

  4. antipodean says:

    My cold heart melted at this story. It just shows you that a rush to judgement can be a fickle thing, and can bite one severely in the a**. I admit that I was a little askance at her fudging the details of the new child in her home. Now that I know why, I say well done her. This precious little soul would have had to be returned to the system if her details were exposed, heartbreaking. This lovely family will hopefully go on to forge strong bonds with each other, as is the hope for all families. At this time of year, especially, that is truly something to be thankful for.

  5. Naya says:

    Always loved Sandy (she feels like a Sandy to me). This probably also explains the heavy bf roll out awhile ago. Not for the adoption process but rather as a trade off with publications. “Dont publish those pics and we’ll give you access to my new guy”. I know celebrity comes with money but I dont know if it compensates for something like this.

    • Liane says:

      Oh! Excellent insight on the possibility of the relationship press being a trade off. The timing is about right, isn’t it.

    • Green Girl says:

      That’s a very good point regarding a possible trade w/r/t pictures. I had no idea so much was at stake at the time, and I’m impressed with how much she can shut things down. She runs a tight ship!

    • lucy2 says:

      Good idea. How sad that she was so worried and had to fight to keep this private from the press, or jeopardize the adoption. I agree there’s no trade off for that sort of thing, including where she says the kids know to hide from a helicopter or drone in their own yard. That simply shouldn’t be happening.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        I’m glad she mentioned that; in other words “Get off my lawn!” The invasion of privacy has gotten so blatant, it’s scary! I can’t imagine that level of fame. No thank you.

      • Jib says:

        Personally, a baseball bat or pellet gun would be used by me on any drone that came into my yard to film my kids. And I’m a very nonviolent person.

        Terrible. I can’t imagine having to live like that. You had better have a lot of privileges in order to make up for stuff like this.

    • M.A.F. says:

      True but she shouldn’t have had to. There was child’s well being at stake. The publications could have backed off without getting anything in return.

      • reed says:

        You’re right, but the publications are merciless and they don’t see the upside in backing off. This is the hand she was dealt and she played it well.

    • Original T.C. says:

      @Naya

      Good catch!

      I think it was Jennifer Lawrence who fully exposed the tabloids as being open to trade stories if you give them a juicier one. Think they were also contacting the Twilight girl to trade in a juicer story in exchange for not printing pics of her mini-Cooping.

      It would have been a shame to jeopardize this adoption just to get some internet clicks. I do wish the anti-choice folks would adopt more since they are the main ones constantly pushing women to keep their pregnancy and put up their babies for adoption.

      To me the fact that “morality preachers” and “savers of babies” don’t adopt (especially foster kids) always proves their real motives are about controlling women’s sexuality and not because they care about these children when they come out of the birth canal. Cutting off funds for children’s program is another thing they do. Really wish the press would stop being afraid of them and ask them these questions.

  6. Jaded says:

    One more reason I absolutely adore this woman. And the name Laila is wonderful – my boyfriend’s 3 year old granddaughter is named Laila!

    • zimmer says:

      So is my young niece. Great name for a great child with a great mother. Have enormous respect for her with both adoptions, especially from foster care! A genuine and sincere woman with a heart of gold! Love it when this type of person becomes rich and famous because they make the world a better place and draw attention to it creating the likelihood that others will try to do the same.

  7. Hollz says:

    I suspected something like this was up from her careful phrasing. Happy that everything is out in the open now!
    Sad about the “hiding under the trampoline bit” though.

    • Pinky says:

      Isn’t that sad? Scurrying and hiding like there are B-52 bombers overhead. What a sick society we live in.

      • AntiSocialButterfly says:

        Yes, that was very unsettling to read. How can the new peanut not feel some anxiety about that, unless big brother makes it a happy game. Poor little lovie.

      • Sabrine says:

        Those thick brained numb nuts with the drones must be causing grief to a lot of people the way they can fly in to a back yard and take photos. They should be banned in residential areas. They’re an invasion of privacy.

      • Gwen says:

        @ Sabrine, i was thinking the same, it should be accusable (tough) to invade private lives like this, not only celebrities all private lives.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes. That made me extremely sad.

      • Charlotte15 says:

        How on earth have they not been banned from residential areas already? This is insane! I guess enforcement would be tough, but they’ve got to start somewhere. These poor kids shouldn’t have to live like this.

      • Lady D says:

        I’m guessing it’s illegal to fire a shotgun in a residential area, right? I’d be planning my own enforcement on drones with a pressure washer.

  8. anna2222222 says:

    From what I’ve read, she is so focused on her children – the article is a lot of “her” instead of “me”. I’m unreservedly happy for her and her children.

    • Naya says:

      Yes. And I also notice that even though shes very focused on Laila, the pics of both kids have their faces cleverly obscured. This wasnt just the standard family whoring piece. Its more, “Dear paps, I’m demystyfying my family for one reason; to get them off your must-get list”

  9. aims says:

    There’s not a doubt in my mind that Sandra is a dedicated to her children. She is absolutely dedicated to being a good mother and I think her children just hit the jackpot. I wish her and her babies the best. It’s a drag that they’re being harassed. Also, we should all be so lucky to look as fabulous as Sandra. Wow!!

  10. thaisajs says:

    Those are two lucky little kids. She sounds like a great mom and a great person.

  11. Sara says:

    Adoption is such a difficult process for children and parents. I know everyone has their own story, but I’ve learned a lot recently from adoptees who told me how hard it was to have white parents when they had a different ethnicity and were treated differently, how complex the guilt and gratitude issues were, how painful finding your roots could be for your adoptive parents. Made me realize how often you hear “Why don’t people adopt” as some sort of solution to infertility, when the two have nothing to do with each other. Good on Sandra for educating herself on her children’s needs.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Very thoughtful comment. Anti-abortion forces also talk about adoption as if it’s an easy alternative. It’s wonderful but it’s not easy, and it’s a terrible justification for forcing girls and women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term. I’d bet a lot of people who say, “Oh, just adopt” haven’t actually thought through what it means, or even thought about questions of supply and demand. Again, adoption is a wonderful option, but to imply it’s simple is to insult the situation, the children, and the parents.

      Go Sandy & her kids!

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        “Forcing?” Very odd word choice here.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        When wanted legal medical services are denied, unavailable or unaffordable, the choices left are illegal (and unsafe) abortions or forced pregnancy. As a practical matter, that’s what it comes down to.

      • MB says:

        “forcing” seems like a very apt choice of words, actually.

  12. SusanneToo says:

    Louis looks so happy in that cover shot. Sandra seems like a great mother and person. Best wishes to them.

    • doofus says:

      he has such a sunny, cute smile. but I also LOVE his “grumpy face”, which is what he often used to offer up to the paparazzi.

  13. Blair says:

    Why are other celebs attacked for doing photoshoots with their children, but when Sandra exposes her kids to the media & does these photos & interviews it is fine?

    She is not as private as people like to claim. Double standards.

    • Sam says:

      The tabs had been reporting on this adoption for a least a few weeks. Maybe she’d rather introduce her kids on her terms? People said her boyfriend took all the pictures, so it seems like the children were not exposed to any media, just people they already know. Maybe she felt that was better than letting paps fight over getting the first candid pics? I don’t blame her for that.

    • Maria says:

      A photoshoot with the kids’ faces hidden. A story to make any bounty on getting shots of Laila go way down and not worth the effort. This is nothing like, say, Tori Spelling. Do you really not see the difference? Did you read the article at all?

    • Mia4s says:

      Didn’t you read the article? There was a target on them. Better to control these first round of photos and drive the price down. Make it not worth the paparazzi’s effort.

      By my count she’s done two shoots; one on Louis’ adoption, one now. Other than that I’ve only ever seen the odd candid the press have caught. No “farmer’s market” photos so to speak.

    • Maya says:

      Agree 100 percent – other celebs are selling / famewh*ring their children but Sandra is being private and only did it to get the paps off her back.

      She is so private that she is giving a magazine cover with pictures and details right bang in the middle of her awards campaign.

      • FingerBinger says:

        What awards campaign? She’s not in or producing any films that are going to be nominated.

      • Naya says:

        They were suddenly a major pap target, because of Lailas very recent adoption and because it seems to already have been known to the media. As far as I know, Sandra hasnt trotted out her son for magazine spreads to promote a film or posed with him on the red carpet. Also, the kids faces are obscured, she is clearly controlling access. I doubt you’ll see her do this ever again.

      • Jwoolman says:

        She managed to keep Louis’s arrival a secret for months. That might be why the paps were pursuing her at the first whiff of a second child. But her daughter is old enough to feel harassed by the attention, so paps need to back off. Having someone they know take carefully obscured photos for publication sounds like a brilliant move. She’s not letting them get that money shot and protecting her daughter. Love the idea that Louis is her co-conspirator in all of this…. How fun that his new sister is old enough to play with instead of a dull baby!

    • Lama Bean says:

      Who attacks celebs for photos with their kids? Which celebs? My guess is that the celebs who are critiqued are the ones who scream for privacy then parade the kids around for the paps when it’s convenient. Louis has never been a secret. She has no problem showing his face.

    • Colette says:

      Charlize adopted a daughter,August.We don’t know anything about her daughter except her name.These People shots are not going to stop the paparazzi from stalking her kids.I don’t see the point in hiding Laila’s face,now all the agencies are paying top dollar to get a shot of her face.If she had shown her face,there would be less financial incentive to get a pic of her face.
      In positive news I am happy she adopted though the foster care system.

    • Insomniac says:

      She doesn’t take her kids to places where she knows the paparazzi hang out and then moan and complain about them taking pictures of her and her family. If she wants to do a feature on her terms rather than an ambush, I don’t see the problem.

    • Bria says:

      Did you even read the article? Sandra had been in the process of adopting Laila for 3 years BC she was a foster child; there is a lot of red tape to cut through: background check, home/safety requirements, biological parents signing over their parental rights, supervised visitations, etc. CPS is very meticulous with there screening process and if you had read the article it clearly states that “she has to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that you will not release any photos of the child to a third party to protect their identity” Laila has been in her life for 3 years and we are just now seeing photos of her…I’d hardly call that “exposing”

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        I didnt read anywhere that she fostered Laila for 3 years before the adoption went through…did I miss that in the article? Sandra is quoted here as saying Laila was in and out of foster homes for years, to the point where her personality and fear levels were already set by the time Sandra brought her into the family.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Winnie,
        I don’t think anyone wrote that Sandra fostered Laila for 3 years, but it does say that the adoption process for Laila started 3 years ago and she was in foster care. So Bria’s comment that “Sandra had been in the process of adopting Laila for 3 years” is correct.

    • Bridget says:

      Celebs get criticized for talking out of both sides of their mouth – “The paparazzi scare my kids, they’re evil” and then setting up ‘candid’ photo ops with their kids at the farmer’s market, the pumpkin patch, etc. Celebrity mommy-hood is a booming business these days.

    • lucy2 says:

      I love that she did this fostering and adoption, but wonder if she couldn’t have just made an announcement without a photoshoot and article, because I’d always rather the kids get to stay private. It does sound like some serious negotiation with the tabloids had to happen here though, so who knows.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If she hadn’t provided the pictures, they would have been hunted. Now she’s taken a little of that possibility away. They will still be hunted for the first photos of her out in public with her new family, but the “price on their heads” will be less.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        I get what you’re saying. Seems like she could have made the announcement via Instagram/Twitter/her website etc..but maybe she wanted to be in control of the article and what was published, directly from the horse’s mouth. This is a tricky situation we can’t relate to, so I guess we shouldnt judge on what may have been the perfect way of announcing this.

      • Lucy2 says:

        Good point, Winnie, it’s a situation foreign to all of us, who knows what we’d do in her shoes.

  14. Sam says:

    It’s amazing that she’s highlighting domestic adoption and especially fostering. Foster children are the lowest level of adoptions, usually, because they tend to be a little older and are usually presumed to be “broken” or messed up because they are often removed from their birth parents. They struggle to get permanent homes. It’s wonderful that she adopted from that system, because it helps show people it’s doable and there are wonderful kids to find in it.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, I too especially love that she fostered the little girl first. Fantastic thing to do, and for raising awareness.

      • swack says:

        It also shows that Sandra is aware of the difficulties of a child that has been moved from home to home in foster care. By fostering Laila, it made it easier on the child as she was not being ripped out of one home and put into yet another one. This allowed the child to get comfortable in her new surroundings before the adoption went through.

    • Samtha says:

      It made me seriously tear up to read she adopted a foster child. I have some experience with the system, and this just makes me love Sandra even more than I already did.

  15. Tash says:

    Beautiful cover! Congrats…& wishing them nothing but the best :)

  16. Jayna says:

    People who adopt from the foster care system, especially not babies, are some of the most special people in the U.S., as far as I’m concerned. Sandra is a wonderful human being.

    This gay couple adopted four foster children. The one father was a foster child himself. Like his experience, his foster children came to him with their clothes in a garbage bag, which they carry from foster home to foster home. He wanted to give foster children their dignity and started a charity for their area that puts together little suitcases and backpacks with pajamas and a stuffed animal and toothbrushes, a blanket, clothes, etc., etc, that they have that is their own. His foster daughter was recognized in American Girl for helping out. Guess what, some Million Moms group called for a boycott of the magazine for showcasing such a family, a little girl with two dads. The story was about the charity and making a difference in foster children’s lives..

    Read and support if you can. Foster children deserve to be treated with dignity.

    Amaya’s story
    http://www.americangirl.com/explore/articles/see-how-one-family-is-making-a-difference/

    The charity – Comfort Cases.
    http://comfortcases.org/

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      1. Don’t make me cry, I’m at work!
      2. Trash bags. That is something you never even think about. Good gawd.
      3. That “mom” group needs to go f*ck themselves. They shouldn’t be allowed to call themselves mothers. How hateful can you be???

    • notasugarhere says:

      I am so very tired of hatred and bigotry being disguised as religion.

      Thank you for sharing this story and giving us the links so we can support this family’s efforts.

    • doofus says:

      and how many of those “million moms” have fostered children or donated to their cause?

      here we have two lovely and loving people who have not only taken so-called “less desirable” children in, they start a charity for others?…but NOOOOOOOOO, that doesn’t matter because the main point for them is that TEH GAYZ ARE COMING FOR YOUR KIDS!

      Ugh, these people…

    • Sam says:

      I remember that article (my daughter gets the magazine). It blows my mind that anybody could take issue with that piece.

      Even IF you believe homosexuality to be a sin (and let’s be clear, I don’t) – what is the better alternative? To allow those 4 children to bounce around from home to home, to languish in a system until they age out and are on their own? The Huffington Post did a piece on the family, and the father who started the charity aged out and became homeless for a while. Would they prefer those kids do that too, as opposed to living with a stable, same sex home? What is the point of hating on them?

      I’m a Christian who listened to St. Paul when he said, “Work out your OWN salvation, with fear and trembling.” Worry about your own self, people. If it’s a sin, then let God handle that. You don’t need to concern yourself with it. And they seem like a lovely family.

    • Tash says:

      Awww bless them

    • Gwen says:

      Thank you Jayna!
      I was a Foster Kid and was treated like sh*t, not from another Children, from Adults…
      Bodyshamed from Moms bc i was tall, slim and not ugly, i was talented what gained more hate….
      I grew up in a wealthy environment, was on private schools, but that made it not better, the outlawing and avoidance like i had a contagious disease was painful, my so-named Foster-”Mom” always said to me, you are a little creature, like animal, not a real intelligent person, well she has a narcisstic personality disorer, what doesn’t help either….

      I did go to University (with degree), i skipped a grade twice (successful) and still feel rather worthless, bc the society think we are not full worthy people, we are looser from birth…..
      Trash…

  17. tracking says:

    I was in NO at one point and saw her dad walking around with Louis on his shoulders. Super cute and low-key. When you’re a single mom–even one with lots of resources–it makes a big difference to have an involved, supportive family. I’m happy for her that she was able to add this beautiful girl to her family in a sensitive, successful way.

    • Pinky says:

      I was in NYC’s Central Park and she was just strolling around with Louis and her dad. She smiled at me. Very low key. No bodyguards that I could see. Just giving the kid some normalcy where she could find it. Mad props.

  18. Pri says:

    Man, Sandra, if you stopped being friends with Chelsea Handler, I would not have to side-eye you….

    • misande says:

      Chelsea Handler is a comedian. I get that people don’t like her because she bashed AJ but I don’t think she is a terrible human being because of that. Handler set up a college fund for the children of those who worked for her. I think that is a pretty nice thing to do.

  19. desertrose says:

    Sweet pictures. I’ve always found her so endearing.

  20. jessoutwest says:

    I like how she’s tastefully guarding their faces in the cover photo. Too many weirdos out there really for much else. She seems like a caring mom and brava to her for going through the foster system. I know a couple of foster families and they truly are a blessing g for their foster children whether they eventually adopt or a temporary safe harbor.

  21. manda says:

    Not really a fan of her movies (although “our brand is crisis” was pretty good, IMO), but she is just good people.

  22. astrid says:

    Best story of the day!

  23. Rockin Robin says:

    I just love her and how much she loves these babies.

  24. Alex says:

    Lovely. Considering how amazing her relationship with louis is, I have no doubt Laila will find a great home with Sandra. Sounds like she is doing everything she can to help her adjust.

  25. listerino says:

    Aww I’m so happy for Laila and her new family. Heartbreaking to hear that Sandra had to reassure her so much in the beginning. There’s so many kids out there that need someone to love them. I wish I had the money to adopt.

    • Petrichor says:

      “I wish I had the money to adopt.”

      You said it right there. My husband and I considered adoption at one point, but it was prohibitively expensive for us. Seems a shame that there are children out there who need loving homes, and couples willing to provide them, but that cost can be a deterrent. Just because I don’t have the lump sum required to pay for an adoption doesn’t mean that I can’t afford the daily expenses of raising a child. And love is free.

      • saraht says:

        As someone adopting from the foster system myself, i have not had any out of pocket costs other than setting up a child’s room in my home. In fact, there are maintance payments that come with the child to help cover their expenses. It may be worthwhile for you to look into the foster system where you are.

      • doofus says:

        good on you, saraht. and congrats on your new addition to your family.

  26. JenniferJustice says:

    Good for her and what a wonderful thing for the little girl. Her own family who will never leave her! #tears#.

    I really don’t see how it’s anybody’s business how, when, where from, she adopts any children. It’s odd to me that some people feel entitled to know what’s going on in her life and that she might have lied to the press. So what! Frankly, it’s not the business to be asking about such an intimate thing in the first place. I can’t imagine having do deal with the press to such an extent you have to have a plan for yourself and your kids should a DRONE fly by! That is too much crazy.

    • jc126 says:

      It’s totally no one’s business, particularly and especially the tabloids’ business, unless and until SB wanted to say anything. Shame on the tabs.

    • Nina says:

      Thanks for this comment JJ.
      I found it utterly bizarre both in the post by CB and in the comments that people were “relieved” that Sandra had a “good” reason to lie to the press about the adoption. How’s about “It’s none of your damn business how or when I expand my family!”

  27. isabelle says:

    Those kids look happy!!! Laila’s story isn’t unusual. Foster kids may come from unsafe homes and have been neglected. Blessings on that whole family.

  28. Monica says:

    Angelina was dragged for putting pax on the cover of people with his siblings. Double standards on this site I see

    • lisa2 says:

      Shhhhhhh you are not suppose to notice that nor make a point of pointing it out. I suppose as long as the children being adopted are American born it is fine.

      congrats to Sandy.. nice to see that people are so loving towards her and her children. Sadly that is not always the case.. but again

      SHHHHHHHHH

      • Maya says:

        Yep – Angelina also fosted Pax before adopting him when he was 3 and she was labelled as someone who collects children.

    • Maya says:

      It’s constantly like this on this site – the double standard is just more visible.

      Angelina always gets accused of selling / famewh*rinh her children for publicity and awards but when it comes to other celebs, they are wonderful and doing it to protect the children from the paps.

    • SusanneToo says:

      I guess I was in a coma then. I’ve never seen Angie get anything but praise re her children for the most part. Very little slagging. It’s not a contest – Angelina, Sandra, Charlize, all who adopt are doing good IMO and don’t deserve the nitpicking, derogatory remarks.

      • Louise177 says:

        @SusanneToo: Yes you were in coma. Just look at old stories on this or any other site. Most comments claim that Angelina doesn’t love her kids and calls the paps for publicity. Which is odd considering they’re not even photographed often. It’s always been one set of rules for Angelina and another for everybody else.

    • Gina says:

      There’s a big difference.

      I think most people are ok with an introduction shot (I personally would prefer not to see children in magazines- they have no say) to prevent the paps from going into stalker mode.

      After that, pictures of celebrity kids are a bit creepy, especially if they are part of any sort of promotion. I don’t like the selling of an actors personal life, and I don’t really understand it.

      I get the positive PR it generates, but the movie stars I most admire keep their kids out of the spotlight, Charlize, Julia, Cate, Penelope & Javier, Matt Damon, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes. I honestly don’t even know how many kids half of these people have, which is how it should be.

  29. Jess says:

    This is so great. And I’m so glad she adopted a slightly older child from the foster care system. Congrats to the entire family!

  30. Jayna says:

    I thought her name was pronounced Layla. But it’s pronounced Lila. We have a little Lila in our extended family.

  31. Bettyrose says:

    I hope she finds a lasting love, but maybe pass on the marriage formality.

  32. mire usted! says:

    Sandra has such a beautiful family. Her daughter is adorable! Love her afro-puffs! I used to rock those myself when I was a little girl. Sandra is such a loving mother.

  33. Hannah says:

    She’s such a likeable woman I really love how she created her family. Many people wouldn’t want to take on a child that’s been in foster care especially a rich person who have so many choices when they adopt.

  34. OneNonBlonde says:

    Some of you people could find fault with Mother Teresa. She is doing this on her terms and is not even showing their faces. She’s not parading her kids around for the paps like Tori Spelling. Good for her, I wish her all the happiness in the world.

  35. serena says:

    Awwwwww that’s really sweet, I hope the little girl will adjust soon to their life :)

  36. phlyfiremama says:

    OK, I admit it: I now have a girl crush on Sandra. In the Hollywood world of “all artificial, all the time” she seems like a genuine and REAL humane being~

  37. Camille says:

    Not a Sandra B fan, but good for her and her kids.

  38. Jag says:

    From the title, I was calling her a liar. Then I read what you wrote and I realized that she did what she had to do to keep her new daughter safe.

    Kudos to Sandra!

    I do think it’s absolutely revolting that the adoption would have been stopped had photos or the knowledge that she was being adopted gotten out into the press. So the agency overseeing that little girl would rather her be in foster care until she ages out, rather than let her be adopted by someone who loves her and would give her an amazing life? Having a pap take photos without permission is not the same thing as if Sandra had gone to the press to intentionally break the contract she signed, and it’s awful that the agency wouldn’t have acted in the best interests of the child.

  39. smcollins says:

    And my love for Sandra Bullock continues. She really is an amazingly loving woman who knows how to use her wealth & privilege in a truly positive way. Kudos to her and her beautiful family!

  40. Danskins says:

    What a beautiful family – wish them the best!

  41. Meg says:

    remember when Michael Jackson had his kids wear costume masks to protect their identity when they were kids? that made him weird, but Sandra bullock does it and it’s her protecting her kids

  42. Common Sense says:

    This just made my day, congratulations!!

  43. psychic says:

    I get very bad feelings about her…her eyes betray her words.
    Something is very off about this woman.

  44. Lisa says:

    Why black kids? Arent there white kids out there in the state’s equally needing to be adopted? I just dont understand why these white, rich, lonely sad women insist on adopting black children. Can someone PLEASE explain the fascination with black children!