Sandra Bullock: ‘Jesse and I are closer than I’ve ever been’

Bullock says she brings her three-year-old son to work to bond with her children and pick up their ‘brave’ personalities

Sandra Bullock says she is glad to be an adoptive parent and that she is close to her son Louis.

The Gravity star appeared on the Hollywood Reporter’s Red Table Talk with her ex-husband Jesse James, who left her after she admitted using drugs during their marriage.

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The show, which has been picked up by Netflix, sees James open up about his life as a father of three.

Bullock, 56, said on Thursday night’s show: “Jesse and I are closer than I’ve ever been. He and Louis are one big open room where they all show up.”

Sandra Bullock with Louis at the Golden Globes in January. Photograph: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

The 45-year-old added: “They are survivors and amazing. They work really hard to show up and do the right thing and make the right choices, and I admire that. I saw that in my son before I ever met him.”

The Oscar winner said she was glad that she “couldn’t do that kind of stuff to my son” but that she was very glad that she came to be an adoptive parent.

“I wanted to be with my kid and I was,” Bullock said. “We wanted to be parents together, and God smiled on us and gave us three more years of time.”

Louis “brought out the best in me”, she said. “He had that courage and bravery to him and me, and that has helped keep our family together.”

When the pair divorced in 2010, Bullock adopted a toddler named Laila. Louis was adopted from the Louis B Peterson adoption agency in New Orleans.

Speaking on the red couch, Bullock, who is 12 years older than her son, said of her son: “He’s three years old, but he’s a little tiger with a big, big heart. He shows up when he wants to. He has a really, really brave, strong personality.”

Bullock said she also brought him to work, adding: “We laugh about it. He’s very content with his life. It’s a real blessing that he was put in the care of us. It’s a blessing.”

Earlier this week, Bullock apologised for comments in GQ magazine which said women should get tested for STD’s “to see who’s playing around” and should not be seeking abortions.

She also called for public figures to get their facts straight on immigration reform. “It’s a total lie,” she said of reports that she had been banned from entering the US after saying she’d never been “a victim of bullying”.

Earlier this week, Bullock said she regrets her remarks about vaccinations.

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