July 11, 2019
Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock has introduced the world to her two adopted children.
Bullock is a proud parent to 9-year-old Louis and 7-year-old Laila. In a cover story for PEOPLE, the “Gravity” star revealed the reason she kept her children away from the public eye.
"All this just for money. I had to make sure CPS [Child Protective Services] knew what was fact and fiction."
"From the ruse I had to construct so that Louis didn't have to lie to his friends at school, to the stories I constructed for friends and coworkers as to why I was absent all the time, the subterfuge was pretty elaborate," she said.
She continued, "But there is always the chance that the bonding process wouldn't happen or that the CPS [Child Protective Services] workers would feel I wasn't a suitable match. So I had no problem lying and fabricating stories to keep things on lockdown.”
Sandra, who first fostered Laila, feared that having so much attention on the girl might compromise the adoption process.
"It felt very much like witness protection," she said of her experience keeping Laila from the public eye.
She shared the trouble she went through when a paparazzi took a photo of her and Laila.
"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."
The actress has been dating photographer Bryan Randall since 2015.
They crossed paths when Randall took up a photography assignment on the occasion of Bullocks’ son, Louis’ birthday. He became an instant hit with Bullock’s children. Randall took her family photo for the PEOPLE cover story.