While marriages aren’t exactly known to last a lifetime in Hollywood, there have definitely been some celebrity divorces that have caught me completely off-guard – even Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. I think I speak for all of us when I say while I’m still mourning the love lost between Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, I wasn’t as personally affected by the Brand/Perry divorce.
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James kind of surprised us all when they first got together, because it was like “Huh? Wha-? Oh, okay then.” We all accepted it and moved on, and they mostly flew under the radar. When Sandy (as I call her when I pretend I’m talking to her on the phone while painting my nails) was nominated a bunch of times during the 2010 awards season for The Blind Side, she always thanked her husband in a very sweet, genuine way. And then five seconds after she won her first Oscar–which pretty much has to be the best moment in any actor’s life–news broke that Jesse James had been dipping his pogo stick in just about anything with fake tits and bad tattoos. Grrrrreat. I remember feeling actual feelings about this, because I’ve always admired Sandra and she’s so beautiful and if things like this can happen to her, then good God… there’s no hope for the rest of us minions!
Anyhoo… It’s been a few years and Sandra’s now a mom to one of the coolest kids ever, Louis, and she has seemingly moved forward from James’ grossness pretty well. She finally opened up about that shitty period in her life, though, and the way she expresses her feelings about it made me love and admire her all the more:
“I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken. I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time.’You don’t think it will pass when you’re in the middle of it, but it does. I’m so lucky to have what I have. I have a beautiful child and friends and family I adore. I was OK about being alone but when you have a child everything is about exploration and being around other kids and being out in the world and seeing things. So now I see things through his eyes. I haven’t ever gone out and explored and done things before like I have in the last three years.
I have the best life right now because I’m enjoying every single moment of this amazing human being. I’m learning how to have a good time through him… I’ve got everything I want, and it couldn’t be sweeter, better or more fulfilling.”
LOVE. HER. She didn’t owe the public an explanation about any of this, even though we’ve all kind of been dying to hear one because we love her so much (or… just me). She is one classy broad, I’ll tell you that much. Sure, a lot of people experience infidelity and divorce – most people don’t experience them in front of the entire world immediately after winning an Academy Award and therefore souring that whole achievement a little. Lucky for her (and us), she’s probably going to be nominated for another one thanks to her stellar performance in Gravity.
Good for you, Sandy! And I’m not even offended that you didn’t thank me for my personal support and friendship during that time. I still love ya!