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Sandra Bullock Helped Former Husband Raise His Daughter after His Ex's Arrest Yet He Later Cheated on the Star

Oyin Balogun
Jun 04, 2022
05:30 A.M.
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So far, Sandra Bullock's only marriage has been with automotive expert Jesse James. Although they enjoyed years of love and romance, the couple had issues ranging from exes and cheating to child custody.


Sandra Bullock has had a good run in the movie industry, becoming the highest-paid actress twice and bagging numerous awards. The star is very active and shows younger stars how it's done, but her acting prowess is not the only aspect of her life that defines her fame.

There was a time in Bullock's life when she dealt with public scrutiny in her love life. The "Speed" actress fell in love with automotive business owner Jesse James, and the public found their match unusual.

Sandra Bullock attends the New York Special Screening Of The Netflix Film "Bird Box" on December 17, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


The duo seemed poles apart, with Bullock being a highly-esteemed actress that fans expected to be in the arms of a fellow celebrity actor. On the other hand, Jesse is a heavily tattooed motorcycle mogul who often had women of questionable characters mingling with him.

However, his rough-around-the-edges outlook was not a challenge for America's sweetheart, Sandra Bullock. The duo fell adorably in love, or so it appeared, often sharing warm moments.

Jesse James poses in a 1954 Chevrolet at the MAGIC convention held at the Las Vegas Convention Center February 22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images


Jesse did not shy away from PDAs and mushy moments like costume parties. He also gushed about Bullock whenever he got the chance which Sandra often reciprocated.

Once speaking about her, the bike boss stated that she was supportive and pushed him to be a better person such that he felt like "superman." Bullock was also grateful to have found the person who did not mind her "nuttiness."

Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James at the 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter on March 05, 2006 | Source: Getty Images


The couple tied the knot in 2005, a few days shy of the award-winning actress' 41st birthday. Their surprise ceremony was held at a Santa Barbara ranch and followed by a romantic drive around town.


Actress Sandra Bullock and Jesse James in the audience during the 41st NAACP Image awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


When Bullock married Jesse, it had been her first marriage, although she was previously engaged to actor Tate Donovan. However, her spouse had been married twice and fathered three children.

After their wedding, the Jesse-Bullock union inevitably became a blended family of three kids, Jesse Jr., Chandler, and Sunny. Once speaking about the possibility of having her kids, Bullock stated that one did not have to "give birth to someone to have a family."

Jesse James and second wife, Janine Lindemulder, with their kids at 2003 X Games | Source: Getty Images


She described her brood as an "extended family," adding that creating a family does not have to be determined by what other people think. With time, the "Miss Congeniality" actress proved to be a hands-on stepmom, often supporting her stepchildren.

The star was once in the news in 2006 when she was spotted showing unwavering support to her then teen stepdaughter, Chandler. Bullock had been present at the young girl's softball game. She once told People about the kids:

“I have children, amazing children. My love for them is no less than If I’d had a child of my own.”


The "The Lost City" star was so invested in her blended family that she did not mind moving with her spouse to live close to his ex-wife, Karla, and their kids.

Bullock and the "Monster's Garage" star gained full custody of his youngest child, Sunny, in 2008 after her mom, Janice Lindemulder, was sentenced to a tax evasion suit.


Janine Lindemulder is escorted into the Lamoreaux Justice Center by Orange County Sheriff Deputies during a child custody hearing on October 21, 2010 in Orange, California | Source: Getty Images


While Lindemulder served her jail term, Sunny settled into her blended family, bonding close to her famous stepmom. However, the rosy family moments got interrupted after Lindemulder was released from jail.

The adult film producer filed a lawsuit demanding to gain access to her daughter and be extended the grace of more visitations and sleepovers. Lindemulder stated in her court documents that she was eager to get back to a healthy, loving life with Sunny.


However, in the course of the custody battle, Bullock and Jesse stood by each other. The couple proved that Lindemulder was an unfit mom, citing her drug issues, among other vices.

The judge agreed to grant the mom-of-one weekly visitations, excluding sleepovers and nighttime visits. Lindemulder was also allowed to have her daughter on those days as long as she kept the young girl from her ex-felon spouse Jeremy Alkman.


Bullock could not get much work done regarding her career during this period, as she solely focused on Sunny's well-being. She once shared that she stopped working to be on high alert with her spouse to protect the kids.


Actress Sandra Bullock, winner of the Best Actress award for 'The Blind Side,' and husband Jesse James attend the 82nd Annual Academy Awards Governor's Ball held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Bullock and Jesse pulled through as a loving couple with his kids and the custody issues, but this victory was not enough to keep their marriage strong. Not long after the custody success, Jesse found himself in the tabloids over an alleged cheating issue.

The reality TV star was said to have had an affair with tattoo fetish model Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. She also reportedly worked as a stripper. In the same month he faced the cheating allegations, Jesse apologized to his wife.


He claimed that the "vast majority" of the cheating claims were untrue and that he would not share private matters with the public. The star noted the only person to blame in the drama was himself for his lack of better judgment.

He acknowledged that his misconduct caused his wife and kids pain and embarrassment. At the end of the statement, Jesse shared that he was sorry and hoped they could forgive him someday. He noted:

"I deserve everything bad that is coming my way. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Jesse James and wife Sandra Bullock arriving at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Bullock's marriage to Jesse ended that year, making it a five-year union. To stay completely away from him, she cut all ties, including with the adorable Sunny.

Lindemulder revealed this to Us Weekly, noting that Bullock did not seek Sunny out, and the young girl barely talked about her as well. A source also told the publication that Bullock moved on but did not have it in mind to hurt Sunny.

Before the end of her marriage, the Academy Award winner began an adoption process with Jesse, but she completed it alone after their divorce. She is currently the mom of a beloved young boy, Louis Bardo Bullock.

Sandra Bullock and son Louis Bullock during the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images


The Hollywood star has since remained unmarried, but as of 2013, Jesse tied the knot with drag racer and billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria. Seven years into his marriage, he revealed to Daily Mail that he had no regrets.

Gone were his worries about ending his marriage with Bullock. Jesse ditched his Los Angeles home for a $2 million apartment in Texas where he lives with his wife. He also owns a gun-producing business.

During his interview with the publication, the entrepreneur admitted to cheating on Bullock and taking responsibility for his actions. While he keeps getting the flak for his misconduct on social media, Jesse mostly shrugs off the trolls.