Sandra Bullock schools everyone on how to survive a scandal
I used to think that the best marital disaster/living-well-is-the-best-revenge story belonged solely to Nora Ephron, whose “Heartburn” is nothing short of genius. But I think Sandra Bullock, with the new story in People magazine detailing her secret adoption of a baby boy and filing for divorce from Jesse James may have it topped.
Bullock and James started the adoption process four years ago, according to the story and People editor Larry Hackett this morning on the Today show. They reportedly got word that there was a baby ready for placement in January, and Bullock wisely decided to keep things under wraps until awards season madness ended. As if anyone needed more proof that she’s got her priorities straight.
Then when the tattooed nightmare hit, she told People, she grabbed a bag, took baby Louis and got the hell out of Dodge, keeping out of sight while the Category 5 storm swirled around her. And it sounds like her organizational skills in planning how she’d stay out of sight are nothing short of remarkable.
She’s reportedly filed for divorce, saying she was totally blindsided by the scandal. Jesse James has reportedly given up parental rights to little Louis, and she’ll finalize the adoption as a single parent, though she’ll continue to co-parent James’ three kids. James reacts to the story with a statement that’s unsurprisingly repentant and actually pretty eloquent.
People magazine once again proves to be the venue of choice when releasing critical information and doing industrial-strength damage control. Good luck finding a copy when this one hits the newsstands.
As for Bullock, whose life has taken a turn it would have been impossible to predict, I say thanks. It’s not often we get to see such a huge display of character in Hollywood. And it gives us a chance to focus on something other than the Kardashians or the implosion of Lindsay Lohan for a day. Best of luck.